You may have seen that I’ve already tried Elg No. 1 (traditional gin) and Elg No. 2 (Old Tom) and so today we – rather logically – move on to the third in their range. Elg No. 3 is a mighty 57.2% – using the same three-botanical recipe but diluted with less water. This additional ABV is designed to give the gin a much more intense flavour and aroma.
In the bottle, the juniper is really prominent. It’s deep and piney and like a walk in a woods. In the glass, there’s a touch of menthol coming through and it really fills your nose with a deep smell. Adding a touch of water allows the alcohol smell to dissipate and the glorious pine forest hits you. Taking the 57.2% ABV into account, this is remarkably smooth. Mixed with some Fever Tree Indian tonic and it turns a bit cloudy but tasts GREAT. I still can’t believe that this only has three botanicals. I think Elg gin has really proved that you don’t need to cram the botanicals in to make something taste great. It’s simple but in a good way. The taste is fresh, but also has an underlying woodiness It gives a complete mouthfeel, it’s not thick or viscous but every sip gives a full range of flavours. Normally I drink a gin and tonic fairly quickly because the flavour fades, but this lingers and satisfies you. A sipping gin, if you will. Which, given the ABV, is probably a good thing.