Botanical: Bergamot

The bergamot is a sour citrus fruit, resembling an orange but tasting a bit like a lemon. The fruit is best known for its oil which is one of the secrets behind the intoxicating aroma of Early Grey Tea. Across Europe, it’s also popular as a marmalade and chewing tobacco flavoring.

The aroma is mostly citrusy and lemony at first, but it has an added herbaceous and balsamic character. Bergamot is surprisingly uncommon in gins, though some gins that only say “orange or “citrus” have a distinct bergamot note. Because their oil is so valued, the fruits are quite expensive.

Gins featuring Bergamot

 

Calamity Gin

Calamity Gin— Get it, Calamity Jane?— is produced by Southwest Spirits and Wine.  A large Texas based distillery, they produce

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No. 209 Gin

No. 209 Gin is a surprising elder statesman among American gins. First produced in 2005, the distillery whose license was

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Star Dry Gin

Star Dry Gin has been produced continuously since 1933. Distilled from a base of winter wheat, with an unusual citrus

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Metropologin

Metropologin is a “Minnesota Organic Gin,” which as the side of the bottle describes an evocative portrait, that it is

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St. George Botanivore

Price:  $33 /  750 mLABV: 45% Distiller: St. George SpiritsOrigin:  California, United StatesAvailability: United States and Europe. Rating:  Absolutely beautiful, Botanivore is

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Star of Bombay London Dry Gin

Price: £32 / 750ml Proof: 95 Distiller: Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke MillOrigin: UKAvailability: United Kingdom and Master of Malt.Rating: Take

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