I just got the Germain-Robin Apple Brandy and was pretty impressed with its flavor.
But what did you think of the Barton Special? Or should we assume that when no commentary is given, the commentary is an implicit "meh"?
The Barton tastes pretty much like you would expect a big glass of cold mixed booze (with a twist) to taste. To me, there wasn't any real magic in this particular combo. I thought to tone it down a bit by using a softer gin in the plymouth. But, the flavors in the gin seemed to clash with the other two spirits, creating some bitter aftertastes I didn't enjoy.
There are a few "nothing but booze" mixed drinks in the Savoy. The one which has always amused me is the Bunny Hug. That's made up of Whiskey, Gin, and Absinthe. Ouch. What it did to get that cute name, I have no idea.