Spirits Review

Portobello Road Gin

Created in 2011, Portobello Road has only just been introduced to the US. From the proprietors of London’s Ginstitute, a sort of museum and classroom dedicated to evangelizing and educating on behalf of Britain’s most famous white spirit, it falls into the London Dry style, but has a sweetness and earthiness that balance the sometimes strident tang of other London Dry gins. There’s plenty of juniper here, but it’s seamlessly integrated into the other classic gin botanicals, like cassia, licorice and coriander, resulting in a mellifluousness that makes this gin as pleasing to sip neat or on the rocks as it is in a cracking gin and tonic.

Reviewed in W&S Winter 2015.