Seagram’s Gin is the best selling gin in America; therefore it warrants a closer look. I know that immediately it embodies one American virtue: thrift. This may be the only gin I review that I can tell you with confidence, “yes, they do sell it at Walmart.” In fact, this gin could be the next entry in my “It came from the Bottom Shelf” series. But although widely available we’re interested if the taste lives up to the hype. Does it warrant being the best selling gin in America.
But first, an Experiment!
At a recent party I held a blind taste test for two of my friends. Both are gin drinkers who are familiar with gin and this blog. I offered them each two plastic party cups. One contained Seagram’s Dry; the other had Oxley. I asked them both “which one do you think was the more expensive gin?” Both chose Seagram’s.
So does that mean that Seagram’s is a better gin than Oxley?!
If I did not know already the cost of this gin, I likely would have thought based on scent alone that this was a rather good gin.
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Aaron’s Note: This was a very early batch of Death’s Door Gin. Some have told me that the formula since these early batches has changed significantly. This review is based on the bottle I bought back in early 2010 and reflects the product and batch I had at the time.
The Botanical Gin revolution is alive and well. I applaud it. Anything that gets people out and talking about gin, or better yet— experimenting boldly with gin is a good thing. Generally, I think a lot of good things have come out of these experiments. There are more delectable varieties of gin out today than I’ve ever seen before. But every now and then, I taste a gin that doesn’t work.
Death’s Door is another gin from the United States, made in Washington Island, Wisconsin (map here, because I didn’t know where that was either) entirely from native botanicals grown on the Island. The gin also fits into a larger picture of local farmers working to promote keep the agricultural community going and to show off the flavors of the great lakes region. This is all great stuff, and really exciting stuff.
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Yes, gin is seen as a predominantly British drink. But American Gin ingenuity is at an all time high, with many distilleries coming out with new interpretations of the classics that push the envelope. Even the Wall Street Journal took notice.
So for this week, I’m going to review a few of these new American gins and see how the United States is reinterpreting a classic liquor.
Past Reviews of American Gin:
New Amsterdam: Modesto, California
Tru2: Monrovia, California
Death’s Door: Washington Island, WI
Bluecoat: Philadelphia, PA
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