First brewed in 1927, Newcastle Brown Ale is a unique and stylish premium ale with a distinctive deep red colour and a rich, creamy head.
Its flavour is entirely dedicated to the cherry, which is already felt from it very powerful nose. Its acidity is neutralised by its agreeably sweet and fruity bouquet. Its taste advances profoundly in the mouth and lingers long, gently and also elegantly tinted with summer cherries.
Colour: Deep, rich, Chestnut mahogany, crystal clear. Aroma: A burst of classic Demerera greets the nose with a mix of brown sugar and molasses followed by dried fruits such as sultanas, prunes and exotic tropical fruits. Everything is sprinkled with a blend of island spices such as nutmeg, clove and cassia. The aroma finished beautifully with soft oak, caramel, and rich English toffee. Body: Full, round and extremely smooth. Taste: Very sweet on the tongue initially followed by a wonderful blend of sweet and bitter complexity. The taste delivers what the aroma promises which is classic Demerera brown sugar and a cornucopia of dried mixed fruits such as sultanas, prunes, and dried tropical fruits. Island spices coat everything in a subtle way. The finish is warm, and firm with gentle oak, caramel, and English toffee. Hints of sherry, leather and steeped tea add to the magic of this blend. Finish: Warm, firm, pleasantly long, and memorable. There is absolutely no burn on the finish, and its strengths are its smoothness, which is surprising given that it is only aged for 3 years.
Citrus leads the nose, both lemon peel and zesty juniper. Behind that are herbal notes, with flowering rosemary mingling with fresh green leaves and musky jars of dried herbs. Spice sits at the back, pitting nutmeg and crushed juniper against sharper cassia and liquorice notes. Distilled with juniper, coriander, angelica, orris root, cassia, bitter orange peel and fennel, all the ingredients Rutte use are sourced fresh and 100% natural. This handmade gin is still distilled in the same back room that its founder Simon Rutte used back in 1872.