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Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin

Delicious London dry gin, infused with marasca cherry juice.

What is it? When Luxardo started to produce its London Dry Gin, based on the family’s own early 20th century ginepro di Dalmazia, it was perhaps inevitable that they’d eventually infuse it with their famed marasca cherry juice. Despite the dark, thick appearance – its movie-use bloodiness could play well at Halloween – the classic gin botanicals are clearest on the nose: juniper, coriander, cinnamon (the gin also lists iris, angelica, sedge, liquorice and cardamom and bitter orange), with cherry’s almond stone and rich fruit providing a sweet base note.

How does it taste? In the mouth, it’s just delicious. Full-bodied, not sweet like (American) sloe gins, and with fruit and clove-y, ginger spice combining to give a balanced, slightly tart profile. Pairs brilliantly with more citrusy tonics and would mix very well into a Clover Club or Martinez twist.

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