Stone Pine Gin – How to Drink?

Stone Pine Gin – How to Drink?
March 4, 2016 Gin Lane

We’re delighted to bring you this month’s Stone Pine tasting notes from our guest writer Phillip Jones aka The Martini Whisperer.

If you’re wondering who The Martini Whisperer is, we recommend you check out his site at martiniwhisperer.com.

Needless to say with more than 12 years as a fine dining and events manager (plus much more), Phillip knows the hospitality industry inside and out. His rounded knowledge on all things Martini is exceptional and let’s put it this way, you can’t make a great Martini without in depth knowledge of the spirits behind them.

We’ll let the Martini Whisperer take it from here:

Tasting Notes

1. Neat, room temperature: seems to me this has a richer viscosity than some other gins I’ve tried, not a bad thing. The nose is as advertised, citrusy – more lime than lemon.  You get a front palette spice kick (more than say, Bombay Sapphire), think lime and pepper.

Note: they’re cagey about the ingredients in the Gin- its a “Australian Native blend”.

2. Gin and Tonic, 30 mls with single slice of lime and Fever Tree Tonic.

I had expected the spirit to cut through the very austere tonic water, but it turned out to be super mild. You pick it up at the end, again with a lime note, quite pleasant, almost subtle.

3. Dry Martini, 10ml of Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and Olive.

Stirred, not shaken!

This is where is sung as a Gin, and no I didn’t drink this after the above, this was done over several days!  

Again, everything was forward on the palette, but rounded, lush and generous with the same flavour notes. If you’ve had the Lillet Blanc wash in your Martini and liked it, then you’d dig this.  I think a lemon twist would be too much here.

A caution: chill this baby down big time. As it warmed  to the end you get the afterglow of spirit notes, not unpleasant, but inconsistent with the promise.

The solution, drink faster naturally!

I had expected the spirit to cut through the very austere tonic water, but it turned out to be super mild. You pick it up at the end, again with a lime note, quite pleasant, almost subtle.   I think it works also nicely just on ice by itself.

3. Dry Martini, 10ml of Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and Olive.

Stirred, not shaken! 

This is where it sung as a Gin, and no I didn’t drink this after the above, this was done over several days!  

Again, everything was forward on the palette, but rounded, lush and generous with the same flavour notes. If you’ve had the Lillet Blanc wash in your Martini and liked it, then you’d dig this.  I think a lemon twist would be too much citrus here.

A caution: chill this baby down big time. As it warmed  to the end you get the afterglow of spirit notes, not unpleasant, but inconsistent with the promise.

The solution, drink faster naturally!

Take Home

As I survey all the Australian Craft Gins (insert this link please here (http://martiniwhisperer.com/2013/11/11/australian-gin-list), this gin hits the sweet spot of a smooth drinking Gin that isn’t clamouring for your attention constantly flavour wise, very agreeable company.” 

Thanks Martini Whisperer and to our members stay tuned to hear more from him and Gin Lane in the future!

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