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Pinckney Bend Cask Finished Gin


Pinckney Bend Gin is designed around the concept that if each botanical is distilled and crafted individually, a distiller can bring out the best in it. Basket and vapor infusion? Maceration and high heat distillation? It’s all about what best expresses the ingredient they’re working with. This gin starts as their American Dry Gin before being rested inside used, white oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

The gin is a gorgeous goldenrod hue, shimmering with a bright, almost translucent golden color. Inside the bottle, it’s certainly one of the most attractive barrel aged gins I’ve scene.

The nose shimmers as well, with spice, coriander, hints of vanilla, orange rind, and white peppercorn cracked over creme anglaise sauce.

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Gin Reviews

McCormick Gin


Reader John wrote to us:

Thanks for writing John! And thank you for the compliment. We’re excited to try the gin and offer up a review for it. Looking around the web doing some research for this review, I was impressed how little was out there about McCormick Gin. The McCormick Distilling Company is located in Weston, Missouri. They don’t even provide additional information about the spirit on their website, aside from “yes, we make a gin!.” The back of the bottle informs us that the base spirit is grain. The distillery itself is one of the oldest in the US: in operation since 1856, though one of the first mentions we find of their gin is in the 1947 Joplin Post.

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Gin Reviews

Pinckney Bend Gin


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:

First Impressions 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.

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