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Caorunn - Small Batch Scottish Gin

84.82 /100

Dry & Invigorating Flavours

Score With Tonic: 88.78 /100  •  Juniper Influence: 43.60 /100

Gin Code: E02

Producer: Balmenach

Type: Contemporary Gin

Country: Scotland

Location: Cromdale, Speyside

Release: Special Import

ABV: 41.8%

Regular Price: $53.83

Review Date: Fri March 15, 2019

Gin Code: E02

Producer: Balmenach

Type: Contemporary Gin

Country: Scotland

Location: Cromdale, Speyside

Release: Special Import

ABV: 41.8%

Regular Price: $53.83

Review Date: Fri March 15, 2019

About This Contemporary Gin

Why This Bottle?

Well known for their single malt whiskies, the Balmenach Distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland decided it was time to jump on the gin wagon back in 2009, and Caorunn was born. Gaelic for ‘rowanberry’, Caorunn is uniquely distilled using 5 locally sources botanicals (rowanberry, bog myrtle leaf, heather flowers, coul bush apples, and dandelion leaf), plus 6 of the more usual suspects. The botanical flavours are extracted by means of vapour infusion (as opposed to the regular maceration technique) resulting in a clean but complex sip.

 

Strath Panel Notes

Earthy aromas of heather on the nose, with a rich caramel note.

The palate was herbaceous like a wild salad with dandelion and burdock leaves. It was also distinctly applesauce flavours, but very much the unsweetened variety.

Serving suggestion: Get creative and maybe put this in a cocktail with cider!

Will It G&T? Absolutely, tonic makes this gin shine. Try it with a slice of apple as a garnish.

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How We Review Gins

Score

Gins are rated out of 100 by our members when they come to sample them in-store.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a sloe gin lowly because they don’t like sloeberries). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the gin in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

dry & invigorating
eg – almond, orris, clove, ginger, anise

floral & delicate
eg – rose, chamomile, cucumber, apple

fruity & sweet
eg – berries, peach, orange, vanilla

savoury & herbaceous
eg – earl grey, thyme, caraway, spruce