Britain’s answer to the aperitif is said to originate from this 2014 release of Bold London Spirit. A bold statement perhaps (and yes, pun fully intended)? Well this Notting Hill born spirit has made a bang as its unique flavour collaboration has drawn praise from many bartenders.
But what exactly is it?
Well Bold London Spirit has been created by infusing tart cherries, cassia bark, anise, lavender, hibiscus, clove, raspberry leaves and a selection of other botanicals into a distilled neutral grain spirit.
And how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –
Bold London Spirit – 36%
Soft clove and cinnamon on the nose, with herbal aromas of anise and fresh pine coming through near the finish. A rich palate of flavours including cherry, raspberry and cracked black pepper combine well, The cassia bark comes through slowly, with fresh lavender scents present on the lingering, dry finish.
Something very different to your usual aperitifs found from France or Italy especially. Recommended serving suggestions include lemonade or Champagne too, which would give this a refreshing beverage choice on any menu. Something new to add to your drinks cabinet at home, or perhaps ask for it in your favourite bar, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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