Magellan Gin

magellan-blue-ginThe first thing I thought upon seeing Magellan’s blue gin was that it was a gimmick. Blue gin? C’mon people. color gin? Gin drinkers are classier than Vodka drinkers. We don’t need fancy colors to tell us a gin is good. If it’s good we’ll drink. Hell if it’s good, we’ll get two. Magellan gin taught me an important lesson: don’t judge a gin by its color. Blue or not, it stands up as a solid gin.

Sidenote: Magellan Gin had a “new coke” like experience in the mid 2000s when they changed their recipe and became just another clear gin in a blue bottle.  Sales dropped, and fortunately the old recipe with the blue hue was brought back.

Not to harp too much on the color, but another thing worth pointing out for the organic-lifestylists and anti-food-coloring folks, that this eerie blue hue is not from chemicals. Its from the final part of distilling process where Iris flowers are soaked in the gin. Some of the flavor, color, and aroma comes through in the final product which is distinctly floral, but not overwhelmingly fruity.

Magellan gin has a bite to it that you might not expect upon first smell. Its a bit spicy and has more burn than other gins at this price point. Juniper is a background player here. When drinking it straight coriander (?!) shines through. Although made in France, it shares more in common with many of the modern American dry style gins than does it other European gins.

Magellan has several other botanicals which work to good effect in this fine gin: Nutmeg, Cassia, Cinnamon and Orange Peel are among the more prominent and noticeable. Its profile is floral and peppery, which limits its uses somewhat. It makes a good gin and tonic, a rather disappointing Tom Collins, but a top notch Aviation (Iris + Violet = match made in mixology heaven). As far as martinis go, I’m not thrilled with it as a sipping gin. The blue color is distinctive and will surely get noticed at the bar; however, I think there’s better gins for the job. With the right vermouth, the iris flavor can be a real benefit. With some, it clashes. Although I enjoy Magellan gin and would endorse it highly, I offer some reservations. Use it wisely, as it is an outstanding gin in situations where a more subtly floral gin is required.

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Readers' Reviews

by BlakeH331

This is my favorite brand for gin and tonics! I happened across it at a local liquor store and noticed it immediately. A blue gin, infused with iris from France? I had to get it. No regrets I even recommended this to the bartender I work with when I asked about which brands of gin we carried. Haven't tried any other cocktails with Magellan's but it certainly makes a fantastic blue gin and tonic.

Last updated January 29th, 2011 by Aaron

10 thoughts on “Magellan Gin

  • March 25, 2013by mary kirkpatrick

    Where can I purchase this blue gin in NC. Who can ship it to me? Thank you. mkk

  • March 23, 2014by Teresa

    Very nice and accurate review. I tried Magellan for the first time last night, in a dry martini. Thanks.

  • January 27, 2015by Al Ledesma

    Accurate review of a very good gin.. But I hear it’s being discontinued?

  • January 28, 2015by AaronPost author

    I haven’t heard any official word on that – do you have a source that you can share?

  • January 28, 2015by al

    Bev-mo and an online gin distributor.

  • January 28, 2015by AaronPost author

    Thanks so much for the information, I hadn’t heard that yet- good to know. It is too bad, because sadly I think that the color has kind of hurt it. It’s a pretty good spirit, but people don’t like their gin funny colors.

  • February 15, 2015by John glazik

    Hearing discontinued here in Texas. Distributors not carrying it. Went around and bought remaining large bottles. I love this gin.

  • February 24, 2015by Luz Garcia

    Agreed! Very good review indeed and I thank you. I received a bottle of this gin for Christmas along with my usual brown bottled gin. The color threw me off from the get-go. I wasn’t sure if the bottle was blue or the gin. Of course it was the latter. Invited a friend over for a tasting. I did not care for it to sip but in a gin and tonic it was well nice. The fact that the gin’s color comes from irises was new and interesting to me. I’m sad to hear that it may be discontinued. It definitely would be one that I would keep in my bar. I will run out and buy a bottle or two before that happens.

  • November 15, 2015by Beverly

    IT IS A FANTASTIC GIN AND IT GETS IT COLOR FROM THE IRIS. WHICH I THINK GIVES IT ITS SPECIAL TASTE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • November 20, 2016by Anonymous

    what is the closest location to Missouri to get Magellan gin

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