Every now and then as a gin writer you get an opportunity to try something that you never would have even thought about trying if it wasn’t for the writing. Or try something you didn’t know existed. Here’s one of those examples. Distilled, blended and bottled by the Peace Myanmar Group Co. Ltd. (established in 1993, and the gin(!) was one of its flagship products at launch), we have Myanmar Dry Gin.
First and foremost, a shoutout to my friend Angelo who picked this up for me while he was working on his own research in Myanmar.
There’s this absolutely crazy, unexpected top note in here. It fades really quickly, (<30 seconds after the pour, but when you first open the bottle- wow). Sweet lemon, orange, but heavier on the lime, redolent of candy- familiar in a really unexpected way. Recognizably familiar, but not really in the world of gin nose vocabulary. I also wrote down “fruit punch.” (the for-kids sweetened drink from the supermarket). There’s some more usual gin notes a bit buried at the end of the nose. But really weird, leaning contemporary at first sniff.
On the palate, it’s first worth noting that the quality of the spirit is a little lesser than we’re used to.
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In a bar in Buffalo, I saw this tall bottle of gin sticking out from behind it’s vodka sibling. Prairie Organic Gin, from Ed Phillips & Sons. Claimed to be “made with respect,” it’s certified organic, with the history of the product and means of production detailed carefully on their website.
Okay, so you’re a rocket scientist organic, and you know what? That don’t impress me much. (Fine, Shania Twain I am not.) I appreciate the history, the nod towards local-ism and local business. Plants are fun and the environment is cool! But when it comes to alcohol, I am a bit cynical about the organic label.
My impression of organic aside, I knew that when I saw the gin, it was one that had not be tried and tested here before, so like any good partner would do, I bit the bullet and ordered a shot of it, neat. All in the name of science! I mean, gin reviews!
Prairie Gin is lower proof than regular gins – so I guess you can drink more of it. Okay, this actually results in a somewhat smoother experience. Straight up, you get some faint florals in the front, with a touch of juniper hovering in the middle, and mild astringency on the finish.
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We return to the great white North, strong and free! for yet another gin that we found while on our Canadian vacation. Though from the same distributor [and distillery as far as we can verify], Shiver Gin is markedly different than Iceberg Gin, in both presentation [a simple bottle] and flavor [well, you’ll see].
In our own <100 words
Shiver’s minimalist appearance tells it all. Shiver gin is about being environmentally friendly [recyclable bottle] and keeps the focus squarely on the gin. The water is pure [highlighting Newfoundland and Labrador’s greatest resources] and it factors prominently in the literature on the product. The vodka underneath this gin is quadruple distilled. But other than that there’s not a lot of story on this product. It’s just an inexpensive gin in a plastic bottle. Or is it?
The nose is pine, juniper, angelica with some lemon and orange notes. The low notes also lean towards the citrus with a slightly floral tweak. Pleasant notes of baking spice. Bright and fresh. Upon first nosing, it dispels the notion that the bottle defines its contents. Its nose is much more complex and inviting than you’d expect based on the graphics, labeling, and bottler material alone [don’t judge a book by it’s cover].
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Rob as in Rob’s MTN Gin and Rob Masters a.k.a. the head distiller over at Spring 44 [whose gins have been reviewed on this blog before]. Rob has had his hands on more than a couple gins and has been a mainstay on the Colorado Distilling scene for nearly a decade now.
Of course I’m not the one to introduce you to Rob. His story has been covered, so if you want to get to know the man behind the name of Rob’s MTN gin check out this piece from Denver Off the Wagon.
Now that you know the name. Let’s get down to the spirit, because in his own words on his very own website, “it’s all about what’s in the bottle.”
TSTNG the MTN:
Bright juniper on the nose, mild alcohol nose. Citrus. Very balanced with an almost single scent nose. A homogeneous balanced blend of botanicals. Very nice, very inviting. I’m excited to taste the gin based on the nose alone.
The palate is bright and nice. Plenty of juniper, but well balanced within the context of other flavors and notes.
Walking you through the taste:
subtle bright, juniper begins.
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