Bulldog Gin may be “English,” but the botanical blend and influence is from a vastly different part of the world:
The Longan (or more dramatically Dragon Eye) is a small fruit similar to a Lychee native to Southeastern Asia. Believes to have a relaxing character in traditional medicine, it’s also common in modern Asian cuisine in soups and desserts. Lotus Leaves are another traditional medicine said to keep one’s heart healthy. The leaves are often drank as if a tea. And then there’s Poppy. More than just a bagel topping, it has healing abilities as well.
There’s an unusual juxtaposition of branding and ingredients. While many brands might double down on the botanicals’ Asian provenance, Bulldog Gin instead cloaks it all in austerity and defiance. The Bulldog is an icon of British determination, and at times was used to describe Winston Churchill himself.
Bulldog is distilled on a base of triple distilled British wheat base, pot distilled and then bottled at 40% ABV.
-Nose: Slightly floral with lavender, juniper, and a bit of citrus. Some lime and a bit of sweet orange zest.
-Palate: Heavy with angelica, especially mid-palate, the juniper is piney at first and a bit astringent towards the finish. Quiet floral notes whisper but remain as a distant backdrop
-Finish: a bit of astringency again, rather medium-short in terms of flavor, it tapers quickly leaving a faint, slight alcohol ringing in the recesses of the palate.