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Portobello Road Gin Director’s Cut No.4 ‘A Parsnip In A Pear Tree’


As proud purveyors of festive spirit, we are delighted to announce the launch of our fourth limited edition Director’s Cut: ‘A Parsnip In A Pear Tree’. This charming and uniquely festive gin takes inspiration from the traditional aromas and flavours of Christmas Day; combining the seasonal staple, honey roast parsnip, with the Christmas tree like qualities of juniper and a generous selection of the traditional gin botanicals.

After the distillation is complete, spiced pear liqueur is added, resulting in a complex yet reassuring flavour profile. Adding a liqueur to sweeten the gin is a little unusual, but contrary to many peoples’ beliefs sweetening a gin is really not that strange of an idea at all, in fact gin was a sweet spirit for a lot longer than it has been a dry spirit. Through much of the 18th and 19th century nearly all gin would have had sugar added to it. Crafted by Portobello Road Gin’s Brand Director, Tom Coates, Director’s Cut No:4 ‘A Parsnip In A Pear Tree’ Gin (47.3% ABV) has been created using parsnips sourced from the fruit and veg barrows from London’s most iconic market streets and the gin’s home , Portobello Road Market.

Only 1000 bottles are produced, making it a highly covetable gin and an extra special product for gifting at Christmas.


Tasting Notes

On the nose: A distinctive gin with an undeniably festive feel to it. On the nose the juniper quickly gives way to the unmistakable Christmas Day aroma of slightly charred roast parsnip and a lingering acetone note redolent of a yesteryear sweet shop packed with Pear Drops, Rock Candy and Yorkshire Mixture.

On the palate: On the palate the first thing one notices is that this gin is notably sweeter than one would usually expect from a Portobello Road Gin product, the sweetness being derived partly from the roast parsnips and also of course the 8.6 grammes of sugar per bottle that comes from the dash of pear liqueur which has been added to each bottle. From a flavour perspective the Christmas tree like qualities of juniper are noticeably apparent, sweet maple and honey roast parsnip are prevalent and subtle notes of black pepper and ripe pear dance around, throughout there is a strong backbone of winter spice.

The Finish: The comparatively high alcoholic content of this gin contributes to the cockle warming finish, with an almost whiskey like warmth down the throat and across the chest. Nutmeg, cinnamon, the woodiness of a forest floor and the mineral earthiness of gentian linger long on the palate and the parsnip flavour and aroma stick around longer than that uncle on Christmas day.

ABV: 47.3%

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