Price: $30 /750 mL
Distiller: Genius Liquids
Origin: Texas, United States
Availability: Texas, Maryland, California. [list here]
Rating: Strongly reminiscent of the 45% version, with a perhaps slightly quieter nose. Cardamom, lavender, lime zest and a a nice junipery presence as well. Great for mixing. It hits every mark that you would expect from a Navy Strength Gin. [Rating:4/5]
We were quite a fan of Genius Liquids’ Genius Gin when we tried it last year. We also got a bottle of their Navy Strength variety, so this is a long overdue look at that gin. It shares a lot in common with the 45% variety, so for details on Genius Liquids’ unique process we suggest checking out last summer’s review of Genius Gin ().
Lavender, resiny, woody juniper and a hint of grain grace the nose, which has a distinct, warming impression. It seems slightly less vivid than their 45% offering; however, it shares the same inviting character.
The palate is loud and quite warm, and although this is as a Navy Strength Gin should be, it strikes me as less over-emphasizing the high proof than some other Navy Strength gins do. The floral touches are there, along with juniper showing off a slightly more pine-accented character, along with coriander, cardamom and lime-zest.
Overall, it’s an ideal mixing gin, with the strength of the spirit able to hold up to the rigors of boldly flavored co-stars. Try it in a Negroni, but stick to the 45% if you’re looking for a Martini. It’s a really nice Navy Strength Gin that meets the high bar set by the standard strength. We quite like it, and recommend it.
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