THE TELEGRAPH Victoria Moore, June 2015
"Portobello Road No. 171 Gin has only been around since 2011, just four years, but already it feels like an institution. It was created to be the house gin at The Ginstitute, housed in a set of tiny interlocking rooms above the Portobello Star where you will find a 30-litre alembic still and a miniature gin museum containing phials of spirits flavoured with single botanicals. Jake Burger, a man who knows pretty much everything there is to know about gin, is the Gin Instructor here, and if you can’t make it to one of his classes, well never mind, because you can always find a bottle of Portobello Road No. 171. I love this gin. It is warm and rich, all woody spice, energised with citrus. It’s made using cassia bark and licorice and nutmeg, and the juniper glows through all that like Zeus, the god of thunder, at play in a pine forest."
A blend of just nine botanicals, this works best mixed with tonic and served with a grapefruit twist to enhance its citrus flavours and warm nutmeg finish. Plenty of juniper sits with fresh citrus from the use of lemon and bitter orange leading to a sweet peppery finish from coriander, liquorice and nutmeg.