Remember NOG! – the gin matured by Asta Morris? Back then we already mentioned there would be a second release soon. Here it is.
It’s the same distillate but matured in a different cask (BenRiach this time) for a slightly longer time.
(46%, Asta Morris, batch n°2)
Neat Nose: less assertive than #1. The lemon and minty top notes are muted and the profile is a little warmer. It seems more compact, maybe more complex but with the flavours closer together.
Mouth: sweeter than expected (orange), with some boozy heat and a big spiciness (pepper, aniseed). Also a hint of rosemary or eucalyptus, which gives it a fragrant edge that I don’t like.
With Fever Tree Mediterranean Nose: again a more interwoven nose, more narrow. The citrus, lime, liquorice and spices are all there, but they’re more on the same level. Oh, and I do get a sense of whisky now.
Mouth: similar findings. Marzipan now, rather than vanilla. The sweetness and classic juniper notes are on par, which makes it seem more balanced and complex but also more silent overall.
More complex, more balanced… I prefer this batch over the first one. Around € 50, available in most respectable whisky stores in Belgium.