As always with a well-balanced and carefully crafted gin, each ingredient imparts its own character and does so in a carefully orchestrated succession. On the nose, there’s the grapefruit zing just edging ahead of a forrest-like tone. To taste, the juniper provides the spirit with an unmistakably piney core, whilst the sweet Spanish orange peel provides freshness in the form of softer citrus notes. The grapefruit, still zinging delivers an additional bright twist (and it’s probably worth noting that eight years ago it was something of a novel addition to a gin). The three spices are all quite apparent too; the angelica root delivers an earthy quality and helps to make the gin dry at the death, while the coriander seed releases a lemony flavour with a warming, slightly peppery finish. Last but not least the cardamom pods provide their subtle yet distinctive bite that anchors the flavours deliciously.
Since 1668, Berry Bros. & Rudd’s booze shop has been something of an icon of St James’s Street, London. As a drinks authority, the team had more than an inkling that Gin was due a resurgence, so way back in 2010 – and with a huge reputation at stake – they decided to create their very own. How does their flagship No.3 Gin fair? Well, we think it’s something of a triumph.
The name refers to the building on St James’s Street that Berry Bros. & Rudd occupy, though it doesn’t quite stop there. In fact, the number replicates itself throughout the story. For example, there are three spice and three fruits in the botanical mix.