Gin Reviews

Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve

beefeater burroughs reserve

When Beefeater announced Burrough’s Reserve Gin back in 2013, the echoes were immediately “so look here, the big guys have decided to get into Barrel Aging their gin.” And the big guys indeed. Beefeater who has been quite busy this decade, with seasonal blends and city versions. Burrough’s Reserve represents a bold attempt to capitalize on name and begin to take some of the emerging, but still small Aged Gin market.

In Our own <100 Words

“The Gin for Free Thinkers” it proudly proclaims in its marketing materials, to borrow five words from Beefeater. Nevermind, that Oak resting isn’t quite “new” [Seagram's, many small distillers in the US] on its own. What is novel, or rather rare, is the use of wine barrels. In this case, Burrough’s Reserve is rested in Jean De Lillet barrels made of French Oak. For those taking notes, French Oak is said to impart “sweeter,” smoother and more “creamy” notes, with long lasting floral notes.
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Cocktails

Mxmo #88: Hainuwele’s Gin

Hainuweles-gin

Does the coconut not get the respect it deserves? Coconut is everywhere! It’s a bonafide trend, the water at least. I mean, few billion dollar industries can complain about “not getting respect” and come out sounding unlike this guy. But I suppose this week’s MxMo theme, courtesy of JFL at Rated R Cocktails does have a point: aside from the ubiquitous and often underwhelming Piña Colada, Coconut doesn’t have the same prestigious place in the cocktail fruit pantheon as Pineapple or Blackberry. So, in the spirit of the challenge, can we bring coconut back to the stage? Can we make it the star? Give it a reason to be kept behind the bar? And most importantly can I laugh in the face of all that is holy and sacred in food pairing and make gin and coconut work together? Take that Flavor Bible*.

Direction

I thought that my challenge was going to be pairing the astringent foresty notes of a good gin with coconut’s creamy richness.
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Gin Reviews

Brockman’s Gin

brockman's gin bottle

Books and Covers seem a common theme here at The Gin is In. Bottles often tell us a lot about a product, in particular one where we might be willing to try something new, it can be the only thing we have to go off of. Fortunately for distillers, brand loyalty as strong as it is, is not as strong as “spirit loyalty,” and the willingness of people to experiment or try something new is why the hundreds of new spirits entering the market stand a chance. Sure, I want a vodka, but perhaps I want a new vodka today. Or in this case [and every case on this site], gin.

And what might bring you to purchase a new bottle of gin? Surely if you’ve done your research or brought a smart phone you might look for tasting notes. Or Reviews. But other times, you might not put that much work into it.
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Cocktails

Bar Review: The Drawing Room

henry house halifax

My interest was piqued the moment I heard there was something of a “speakeasy” just a short couple of blocks from where we were staying while we were in Halifax.

Enter the Drawing Room, the upstairs speakeasy at an unassuming pub [of which there are many it seems in downtown Halifax]. It’s only open two nights a week, Friday and Saturday. The space however, would not seem out of place in New York City, or any other city with a thriving cocktail scene. A dimly lit, well appointed bar, playing period appropriate music, with simple wooden seating. If this were in New York, you can be sure there’s be another 15 tables in here. But in Halifax? The tables were spread out far enough to give each party their own space. Though the atmosphere might have been a touch louder than other speakeasies, it never felt lacking in intimacy. The Gin Wife and I had plenty of space to enjoy our drinks.
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Gin Reviews

Gilbey’s Lemon Gin Collins

gilbeys-lemon-gin

I know it’s not technically something specific to Canada. So, no Canada, I’m not holding you solely responsible for this. But I was impressed by how common Gilbey’s Lemon Gin Collins drink was. I had never seen it before this trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. And it was in every single liquor store. Even the ones that had only three gins on the shelf: It was Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater and this. Diageo Canada is on to something I guess. So clearly something is going on that this is popular enough to be everywhere. I thought, since I hadn’t seen it, and wasn’t sure where I would find it again, that I might as well give it a write up while I’m writing up some of the other more Canadian Gins.

 

In <100 Words

Take one of the world’s biggest inexpensive gin brands and cut out the work of mixing and just throw it in the bottle.
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