Our award winning Hubbards Casino Blend takes its influence from the classic 1930’s Casino cocktail and is a modern take on a traditional London Dry gin which celebrates its wonderful juniper dominance by blending perfectly with 12 other carefully selected botanicals including maraschino cherry to produce a balanced, sophisticated and mixable gin. I have used my London Dry Gin as a base which includes 9 very carefully selected botanicals. This delivers a very smooth and elegant base for my first release which is the Casino Blend.
I have based this small batch release on the classic Casino cocktail of the 1930’s which used an Old Tom Gin as the base, coupled with maraschino cherry liquor and orange bitters. I deconstructed the orange bitters to reveal 3 additional beautiful botanicals. These botanicals were blended with my London Dry Gin with a subtle touch of cherry to create a truly superb and multi-layered flavoured gin. With an ABV of 40% this gin packs a punch and does not let you forget the lovely piney and citrus notes of the base London Dry Gin.
Tasting Notes (source: GIN Magazine 22/1/2019)
- Nose: Definitely gin! This is a clever one. Initially juniper forward, with an earthy, woodland-floor note. In the wings lies a honey-sweet granola, topped with red berry compote.
- Palate: True to the nose, but evolves in the opposite direction. Maraschino cherries straight off the bat. Sweet, with just an underpinning of almond. This is nicely balanced by a piney, juniper note. As it develops, we get a little more of a citrus note, specifically orange, that does a great job of freshening things up. All-in-all, this is a grown-up Black Forest gateau.
- Finish: Long, loud and very clear. More of the maraschino cherry note, with just an echo of juniper freshness.