I know I’ve been a little behind on these lately, so I wanted to make sure I caught you up on what’s been happening in gin as of late:
- Plenty of gins have a base distilled from grapes, but Chillgrove is the first gin in the UK to pick up on this technique.
- Citadelle Aged Gin, Solera Reserve, now out stateside.
- Ely Gin is out in the UK as well.
- Launched as a “travel exclusive” (what?!), Bombay Amber, a barrel rested version of the extraordinarily popular Bombay Sapphire is now available at the Singapore international airport, with Sydney, Las Vegas and Toronto on the way [and I assume London is implied?].
- Gold River Distillery in Sacramento is ramping up for their launch of Wheelhouse Gin in the next couple months: soon to be in bars and stores.
- This one hits close to home: literally. Chris Murillo plans on locating a distillery in Western Queens; Queens Courage, an Old Tom style gin is already in the works. [Aaron’s note: yes, I live in Western Queens, so I am really excited about this one. I would have been excited for any distillery, but one that is starting with an Old Tom? It’s a distiller after my own heart]
Who’s been talking about gin this week?
- Gin is In for spring, says The Oregonian. But what really gets me excited is the way bartender Andrew Boggs talks about gin: “Be sure to pair the right gin to the drink. Boggs uses local brand Aviation gin () in his Deep Blue Sea, where the spirit really sings. But for cocktails with multiple ingredients you can save some cash because the subtleties of premium gin are often lost in the mix.” Yes, I agree, the choice of gin is critical and they are not all created equal. Cheers, and happy gin season.
- Spain’s obsession with the Gin and Tonic is probed once again. Disappointed that the article features a photo of a non Spanish gin, but que sera sera.
- From the “threats to the gin and tonic category,” last year it was juniper, this year its limes. If you buy limes as frequently as I do, you’ve probably noticed that the familiar citrus fruits are smaller than usual, and far more expensive. Bloomberg explains everything you need to know, including how limes are now being collected by drug cartels, sending prices even higher. Perhaps this will be the summer of the lemon G&T?
- American Distilling Institute Announced their 2014 winners! Merrylegs Genever won best gin this year. Excited to get it into my home bar for some experimentation.
- Rum Howler reviews Ungava Gin (). “It is very nice to find such a wonderful gin made right here in Canada. The bitter push of juniper and the firm pungent spiciness the Ungava Gin brings across the palate help to bring welcome character to the cocktail experience. ” [review]
- DrinkHacker takes a look at Prairie Organic Gin. “Juniper comes up first (barely), with citrus peel notes… but there’s also gingerbread and honey on the finish” [review]
Tweet of the week:
“I’m gonna launch a gin that will taste like all the others, have it made by a large distiller & distribute myself” said all the crazy ppl
— Mark Gill (@thecocktailgeek) April 15, 2014