The location of the shop in a fashionable part of London and being so close to St. James's Palace it wasn’t long until the company was supplying the Royal Family, and it has continued to be the Royal wine merchant since the reign of King George III.
The name has a twofold inspiration, firstly it refers to their address on St James’s Street, and secondly the gin contains three spices (angelica root, coriander seed, cardamom pods) and three fruit botanicals (juniper berries, orange peel, grapefruit peel). The gin is made in the London dry style in one of the oldest distilleries in Holland using traditional copper pot stills. The botanicals are steeped with grain alcohol and demineralised water overnight before distillation begins, with the finished product hitting the shelves at 46% ABV.
An interesting point to note is this gin was designed with cocktails in mind, more specifically the martini, but does this gin leave you more shaken or stirred ?
SilverFox Tasting Notes
The first sip takes you on a trip back in time, finding yourself in fashionable Georgian London. A hint of warm spice comes from a nearby bakery, before being washed over by the fresh, earth breeze coming from St James park.
No.3 Tasting Notes
Nose: Bright, crisp and fresh with an uplifting welcome of juniper.
Taste: Juniper to the fore, supported by floral notes and spicy, warm cardamom. Plenty of citrus “zing” complemented by the gingery spiciness of coriander.
Finish: The earthy dryness of angelica kicks in.
Average Price: £34.80
Fox’s Rating: 8/10
In conclusion this is a great tasting classic gin, I am a little dubious about the whole made for martini’s angle, after all a great tasting gin will work well however it’s used, but advertising aside I can’t argue the fact that No.3 does make a good martini, but also does work well as a humble G&T.