Gin Reviews

McCormick Gin


Reader John wrote to us:

First of all, thanks for creating this site! I’ve loaded it on my mobile device many a time while perusing the closest liquor store with a good gin selection (nearly 100 miles away).Anyhow, I was wondering if you have tried McCormick‘s London dry gin. It’s a bottom-shelf gin, priced at ~$8 per 750 mL. It was one of my first gins and I believe it is underrated. However, I’m interested in your take. 

Thanks for writing John! And thank you for the compliment. We’re excited to try the gin and offer up a review for it. Looking around the web doing some research for this review, I was impressed how little was out there about McCormick Gin. The McCormick Distilling Company is located in Weston, Missouri. They don’t even provide additional information about the spirit on their website, aside from “yes, we make a gin!.” The back of the bottle informs us that the base spirit is grain.

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Other Thoughts

Cooking With Gin – Gin Popcorn

Gin Popcorn, with lime.

Gin Popcorn, with lime.

Hello friends, Gin wife here. I’m here to share with you the beauty of gin as an ingredient in food – you know, the kind you eat! With your hands, or whatever! I have several experiments in the kitchen I’d like to share with you. Some are, well, mistakes and I urge you to take them as cautionary tales. Some, however, are delicious, and I urge you to try them out! Many gin recipes will be shared.

Today, we will be discussing a gin recipe for Gin Popcorn. Yes, popcorn…with gin! It’s a lovely, light, sweet n’ salty snack that is sure to please your palate. It’s an easy introduction to fancy popcorn and candying all sorts of things.

A note of safety before we begin: I’d consider this to be a snack with low-levels of alcohol in it, it doesn’t necessarily all cook out. (That may be a bonus more so than a caution, so take it as you will.) Also, wear long sleeves and at least underpants.

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Gin Reviews

Zuidam Dutch Courage


So the name, “Dutch Courage,” is attributed to a possibly apocryphal story about the origin of gin in England. Supposedly when the English were fighting alongside the Dutch in the 20 years war, the Dutch took a swig of a spirit before rushing into battle. This spirit made them bold! Made them powerful! Made them courageous. Hence the name “Dutch Courage.” The stuff they were drinking? Genever. The ancestral spirit which led to the development of gin.

Truth be told, the term probably didn’t exist until much later. But nevertheless, good story right?


The nose has juniper, lemon, and a lovely Bombay-Sapphireesqeue note of exotic coriander. The nose is well-rounded with a lovely citrusy undertone. Quite nicely balanced and quite classic. The palate is citrusy at first, but with a rich spicy character, with notes of violet, anise, and pine-note accentuated juniper. Hints of walnut and nutmeg in the late palate, leading into the finish.

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Gin Reviews

Pickering’s Gin


In <100 Words

On July 17th, 1947 the following events occurred:

….and it was held secret for 66 years until Pickering’s Gin was launched in 2013. Juniper + 8 other botanicals, including coriander, cardamom, angelica, fennel, anise, lemon, lime and cloves.


On December 31st, 2014 I tasted Pickering’s Gin and the following things occurred:

    The nose has a slight emphasis on coriander. also Herbaceous Juniper, and a slight touch of citrus on the edges. The palate begins with fresh pine forest and lemon zest. Juniper is really the most striking thing about the palate. There’s a lot of depth and complexity in the background notes These notes include hints of violet, lemon, black peppercorn and fennel.

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Gin Reviews

Averell Damson Gin Liqueur


Another New York take on Sloe Gin, Averell Damson Gin has two things going for it: The Damson is another local specialty, and upstate farms are known for their Damson harvests. The second thing is, for a cordial gin, it’s bottled at a relatively high proof: 66. Because of that you get a strong, spirit that holds up to drinking neat and in cocktails. Let’s take a closer look.

Tasting Notes

The color is a deep burgandy red, bole/terra rosa, with a rich brown note.

Neat, the nose is spicy with hints if cinnamon and ginger. Cherry jam in the middles notes with sweet raspberry with a tart edge in lows. Touch or orange and citrus highlights as well.

On the palate, starts with a beautiful flourish of spice and fruit up front, rising in unison with a sharp and bright rise. Little bit of gin notes in the background, what tastes like a hint of juniper, with some spice again.

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