I’ve made a lot over the base spirit that distillers use to build their gin upon. We’ve seen apple, potato, rye, molasses, corn, and any other manner of grains. But until today, we haven’t seen a gin that uses honey. And to be very specific, orange blossom honey.
Orange Blossom Honey is a monofloral honey, which means that it is predominantly the honey produced by bees pollinating a single species of plant. Orange Blossom Honey is highly regarded since at the time bees are pollinating orange flowers, not much else is in bloom. Therefore, Orange Blossom Honey is rather pure, and has a unique bright floral qualities.
StilltheOne Distillery takes advantage of these floral properties and distills a base that is wholly unique and maintains hints of those floral qualities in the end products [which include a vodka and a brandy in addition to their gin].
Sweet and rich, but simultaneously not that strong. Softly floral. It doesn’t scream out gin on the nose.
While the nose is rather mild, the taste is vivid. Lots of juniper up front, floral with hints of citrus. Some of the floral notes intimate notes of elderflower and lavender. The juniper kind of “peppers” in the middle with hints of spice. The closing of the flavor is rather dry with the juniper fading out, lingering acidic lemon pleasantly fades on the back of the palate. The finish is exceptionally long, and leaves an interesting closing note and sensation. I want to say that it finishes in the back side corners of the mouth and quickly fades towards the back, the flavor racing away. Quite nice.
It works quite nicely in a Gin and Tonic, floral character and a warm honey and cinnamon like sweetness emerges. Also works real well in a martini, bright and very sippable. Complimented nicely with vermouth without being too overwhelmed. Also makes for quite a stellar Negroni, a drink I shared with David Smith of Summer Fruit Cup when we first got together this past summer. Comb 9 Gin worked great in conjunction with floral liqueurs and made a really nice Aviation.
I found that while it acquitted itself quite nicely neat, Comb 9 gin works great in cocktails. It brings enough of itself with its floral and juniper notes to shine and add a unique note to a cocktail which makes you say, “oh Comb 9 really does work well here.”
Price: $40/ 750 mL
Origin: [flag code=”US” size=”16″ text=”no”] New York, United States
Best consumed: Pretty much any cocktail. I thought the Martini highlighted the spirit best.
Availability: I’ve seen it in New York City and online, but the website doesn’t go any further so I can’t say for certain if it is in other states yet.
Rating: A good contemporary styled gin which owes a good deal to its novel base. Recommended.
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