A couple of new launches in a much quieter week, as most of the gin community continues to buzz about some of the big name launches that are preceding the holiday season. Without further ado, here’s what’s happening in the world of gin this week:
- Copper Fox Distillery [also the folks behind Founding Farmer's restaurant's gin a month back] is set to launch their Sperryville, VA gin that goes by the name “Vir Gin” [get it?] Launch party is 11/7 at Vinoteca in D.C.
- La Mare Wine estate on the Island of Jersey is preparing to test launch a gin and vodka made from Jersey Royal Potatoes*. Given the success of potato base spirits as an alternative to grain bases, as well as the terroir story in using the island’s namesake potatoes, it sounds like there’s a recipe for success here.
- Chase Distillery’s spin on Sloe Gin has launched in the UK. In addition to local Sloes, the twist is the addition of Mulberry to the infusion.
What are People Talking About?
- The most buzzed about topic in the gin world without a doubt has to be Beefeater’s Burrough’s Reserve launch. “Sipping Gin,” is the buzz of the week. [Ed. Note, I mean certainly not the first gin which is an excellent sip, but the only one in recent memory that's entire marketing campaign is predicated upon this. Though the cynic in my doesn't like the claims of "first," I'm a big fan of them trying to expand the widely held notions of what you do with gin]
- Bombay Sapphire’s new distillery is occasion in and of itself, but they’re also releasing some limited edition bottles and decanters to celebrate.
- The folks over at Green Hat talk to Eater DC about the “why” behind their gin and the “riding tide” of others getting into the gin distilling game.
- Simon McGoram from the Age [Australia] talks about gin’s resuscitated image and the air of cool around the spirit.
- David gives a formal review for old standbys Beefeater 40% and 47%. ” Smooth, with a creamy texture and a little sweetness. Orange flavours come through toward the end, with notable juniper on the finish.”
- I guess I’m not the only one who re-reviews spirits. Drink Hacker looks back at Citadelle with an update take and also tries Citadelle Reserve 2012. “There’s a much bigger nose on it than the standard variation, with considerably stronger juniper and evergreen notes up front, and a more viscous and lush body backing it up.”
- The Cocktail geek weighs in on Berkeley Square Gin. “Fantastically sippable, slightly sweet and exceedingly well put together.”
- Malt Fascination takes a look at St. George Terroir. “I have only tasted 10 or so gins in my life so it wouldn’t make sense to tell you what you can and cannot expect. What I do know is when I like something.”
*The biggest surprise to me is that Jersey Royal Potatoes, a.k.a. Jersey Royals are actually a specific “protected” type of the potato more widely available as the “international kidney potato.” For the most part they are exported from Jersey to the UK. Notice the flaky skin, which gives them their character and which is left on when cooked. I can only assumed, the skin is also left on when they are distilled….