Cocktails

Gordon’s Elderflower Gin

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Gordon’s stands in stark contrast to some of the other UK Big Names in terms of how they’re addressing the contemporary gin explosion. Whereas Greenall’s () more contemporary offshoots are branded under names like Bloom () and Berkeley Square (), which stand apart from the main brand; Gordon’s does no such thing. Have a gin that features cucumber: call it Gordon’s Cucumber Gin ().  If you put out an Elderflower, just call it Gordon’s Elderflower. Gordon’s remains all-business, and is clearly a testament to the strength they have in their name: despite the much ballyhooed seven-figure advertising budget for their gin,  Gordon’s thinks that flop or success, the name Gordon’s is capable of making it.

In Own <100 Words

One of the biggest names and brands in the world of gin looks to capitalize on the growing gin market, in particular growing contemporary gin market, with their second flavor in as many years.
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News

Gin News, [April 19th, 2014]

Chillgrove Gin

I know I’ve been a little behind on these lately, so I wanted to make sure I caught you up on what’s been happening in gin as of late:

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Gin Reviews

Death’s Door Gin (2013)

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Times change, and so do distillers’ equipment, techniques, botanicals and so on. A few friends of mine suggested that I take another look at Death’s Door Gin. Initially, back in those early days of the craft gin movement, I was less than impressed. But in those times, you took the good (yay, craft distilling!) with the bad (not so much my cup of tea).

Going into this re-review, I can tell you that this Death’s Door Gin shares a couple things in common with the previous version I had: the name [nope, hasn't changed] and the botanical mix [same three ingredients]. But the flavor has changed, and because of that. I have to change my mind and admit that there just might be something here.

In our Own <100 Words

One of the earliest gins on the market to bandy about words that now seem like quotidian utterances, to which today’s gin drinkers nary bat a brow: organic and local.
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Gin Reviews

Sacred Gin

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When you hear about small batch gins from the UK, you’re likely to hear a few names over and over. Ian Hart’s Sacred Gin is one of those names:

In our own (<100) words

Sacred Gin is distilled differently than many gins. Each botanical is distilled individually in a high-pressure/low-temperature vacuum still. The distillates are then blended to create the final product. Proponents of vacuum still say that not heating the botanicals during distillation creates a brighter, more flavorful final product. Sacred’s emphasis is on small-scale and craft as in “hand crafted.” Also distilled in London for extra “street cred,” so it’s got that going for it too.

Tasting Notes

The nose is as subtle as it is balanced: warm orange, vibrant springy juniper. Hint of spice, cardamom with a slight note of ethanol.

The palate is clean and dry initially. Quiet gives way to building intensity with bitter lemon, cassia and cardamom in the mid palate, roaring towards an intense crescendo, floral high.
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