Organic gin is something that we’re seeing more and more of, especially within the American microdistillery scene. Pinckney Bend has nine botanicals, each of them certified organic and all of them including the wheat in the gin’s base are American grown. In fact everything about this gin, right down to the glass of the bottle is made in the states.
Additionally, Map geeks such as myself will likely appreciate the beautiful map on the label as well showing those of us unacquainted with Missouri geography (myself included) where exactly Pinckney Bend is. Now on to the gin:
The nose is hot, with an overwhelming alcohol scent. Though there are pleasant and subtle notes of citrus- predominantly orange, the alcohol scent overwhelms them a bit. At 46.5%, that there is a distinct heat on the nose isn’t unsurprising, but when compared to other gins which clock in at over 40%, I’d say Pinckney Bend might be one that betrays its intensity on the nose more strongly than others.
On to the Taste
The tasting begins with a slight earth note of cinnamon which lasts only a half a second before the heat and the citrus take over. The heat passes quickly leaving a refreshing lingering note of citrus- both lemon and orange. This is where the juniper begins to show itself, but only quietly in the back of the mouth, lingering long after the other flavors have passed. The palate and taste reminds me a bit of Bluecoat gin but with the intensity dialed up a bit.
Mixing is where Pinckney Bend I think did some of its finest work. Due to its proof, it almost goes without saying that it does some nice work when mixed. I enjoyed the citrus forward characteristics of a gin and tonic. I mixed it with Tomr’s (already citrus forward tonic syrup) and a lot of the flavor was lost. On the contrary, with a more traditional strong quinine tonic water, the citrus shines and begs for a generous squeeze of lime. I enjoyed it in a Tom Collins and thought that in a Gimlet it did some of its nicest work, taking the edge off of the Rose’s lime juice.
The citrus forward nature brought some interesting notes to the Aviation and the Corpse Reviver, but in these two cocktails in particular I found myself wanting not much- but just a hint more of the juniper at the front. But for those that want a little less of the usual coriander and juniper spice, they may find that Pinckney Bend is going to be your go-to gin. I find that most gins, that as they go further and further above 40%, the tendency is to exhibit a more and more traditional profile. More Coriander and More Juniper. But if that is not your type of gin, this one stands out at a contemporary take on gin and a higher than usual proof.
Best consumed: I found this to make a stellar classic Gin and Tonic. But also thought that it was very good in a Tom Collins and Gimlet.
Availability: Online and in stores in Missouri [see Pinckney Bend’s site for more details]
Rating: For fans of contemporary gin looking for a more citrus forward counterpoint to high-proof juniper forward gins, you’ve found your perfect partner.
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