Perhaps you’re saying “not again, Aaron! another plastic bottle?”
I do not try to be biased in which gins I choose to reviews. Craft, rectified, or big-names. I aspire to give them all a fair shot. As in, I’ll let them stand on their own merits [or lack thereof]. I think that it’s important to sometimes go out and pick up some of these gins that I oft pass over, since in a world where despite gin’s ubiquity in cocktail menus across the nation, these inexpensive plastic bottles are what many people’s first taste of gin is. These gins are among the biggest sellers and most common gins in this country. And yet nary a word is written about them.
I’ve seen Mohawk Gin on the shelves of Buffalo area liquor stores growing up, and until a recent trip back, I hadn’t ever actually given it a try. Until Now.
In < 100 of our own words
Mohawk Gin is surprisingly part of a diverse portfolio of brands owned by Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. It was acquired in 2007 as part of a vast array of products from Boisset [which include bigger names like Hypnotiq, Pama and Christian Brothers Brandy]. Mohawk Gin is “produced” in Bardstown, KY. Other than that, not much information is available it. It’s common, inexpensive, and due to the wording on the label, perhaps the result of adding flavoring to neutral spirits rather than distillation.
The nose is full of a juniper punch with a lot of ethanol. You can smell the burn, along with hints of other notes such as sweet cinnamon in the background. The palate is initially sharp and citric with harsh lemon, redolent of detergent or dish soap. Juniper in the mid-notes, oily and a bit prickly. The finish is a combination of sour and sweet with some sharp lemon notes before a burst of alcohol and heat. Hot, no flavor, and very short. There’s a long burn lacking any sort of depth or flavor. Overall the impression of the palate is quite bland.
We first mixed up a Gin and Tonic, as that is perhaps one of the primary ways Mohawk Gin is likely to be consumed. It added some sharp sour notes, which we cut off by a finish of quinine and some faint metallic notes. One note, quite sour and with a flat finish. It certainly added flavor to the G&T that would be recognizable as gin, but it didn’t add any appreciable depth to the drink.
Next up was was the Gimlet. The sweet lime notes overpowered the lemon note in the gin, replacing the latter with itself. There’s some notes of juniper, cassia and angelica, giving off some hints of being a more well-rounded gin. I didn’t get a lot of these notes in other drinks, but for some reason here I was picking them up. There’s a slight bite on the finish as well. Although the Gimlet offered us glimpses of something else, I find it hard to recommend this gin when compared to other gins in the lower end of the price range.
We tried it on other cocktails, but found no drinks of note. It was more of the same, with a dominant harshness that when detectable, overpowered the other ingredients.
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