Articles Tagged: Barr Hill Gin

News

Gin News [February 7th, 2014]

We follow up a rather busy week in gin with a somewhat quiet week in gin. With no big releases to speak of, we have to settle for some reviews and a pop star talking about gin.

Who was talking about gin this week?

Second Opinions

    The Liquor Lady reviews Barr Hill Gin () “It provides a unique aroma on the nose (sweetness from the honey definitely comes through) without losing the traditional gin aromas (i.e., juniper)” The London Gin Club Reviews Sipsmith VJOP “. This is a beefy, punchy gin and for its wonderful 57.7% it is very, very smooth as well.” Tom’s Whiskey Reviews is stepping into something new with “gin month.” This week he reviewed The Botanist (): “…the nose goes much more fresh and citrussy with lemongrass and lemon and lime peel, a touch of garden flora also.”

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Gin News [November 15th, 2013]

Pathogin Stay Tuned Distillery

What’s New?

Who Else is talking about gin?

Second Opinions

    David reviews Las Vegas Gin from Nevada, “A smooth liquid, with clear juniper upfront, followed by a smoky middle, somewhat reminiscent of tequila or mezcal. Finally, there is a sweet confectionery lift, with a little dark chocolate cream.” The Examiner probes Caorunn Gin (½).” Caorunn is now my favorite gin!

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Top 10s

Top 10 Gins, overall – 2012 Chart

This is our annual look at our top 10 favorite gins of all time for the year 2012.

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1 1 1 Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin    Its going to be hard to displace this gin from the top perch of my chart, but let me say, in this past year there were a lot of worthy competitors for this title. I still love the blend of juniper, citrus and the subtle sweetness that cucumber brings to this gin. Refreshing, invigorating  and it works in every cocktail.Quote from review: “Miller’s gin balances a crisp clean Juniper flavor with a  hint of Citrus sweetness. These two flavors are in such perfect harmony, that Miller’s is the epitome of versatility in gin.“ 2 – – St. George’s Terroir Gin    Those of you going straight off of my “ratings” may be surprised to see a gin that I gave 4.5 stars to rising above others that I gave five to, but let me offer you this. The way that this flavor sticks with you, vividly in your memory long after the bottle is finished is exactly why this gin ranks so highly in my book.

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Cocktails

What to Drink for? Repeal Day

On December 5th 1933, the United States of America said “my bad,” and announced that Prohibition of alcohol was over.

In our humble opinion, this is quite a good thing. One can safely say that all of these great American gins which are just making their way to the market would not exist if not for the 21st amendment. Secondly, your humble narrator would likely be rake, a scoundrel of sorts, probing the seedy underbelly of modern New York in search of libations; writing under a pseudonym, sipping gin only by candlelight and then pulling up a dark hood on my jacket, ingesting a single breath mint, and wandering back home in the hopes of passing by unnoticed.

Okay, so here you are. What should you drink to commemorate this momentous occasion? Surely a look to our forebearers in the time known as B.P [Before-prohibition] we can find some cocktails.

So let me dust off a musty copy of Tim Daly’s Bartender Encyclopedia. Let’s drink like its 1903:

Where to start with this one? Firstly, Maple Gin doesn’t exist anymore. Made once long ago by the Buffalo Distilling Company in Buffalo, New York, you won’t be able to find this on the shelf.

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Gin Reviews

Barr Hill Gin

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There was a time when the craft of distillation was less a science than an art of approximation. The resulting spirits were uneven, impure, “harsh,” “unpleasant;” they were the spirits which gave the stereotype of bathtub gin its truth. So how did the master distillers of the eighteenth and nineteenth century address this problem?

Old Tom Gin was born. Old Tom is a slightly sweetened classic styled gin. Once rare, they’re becoming more common.

So why this apparent digression? New Caledonia Spirits’ Barr Hill Gin is technically an Old Tom Style Gin. Barr Hill has a classic and simple basic formula: fresh neutral grain spirit with zesty juniper. The honey is added after distillation. And the result? Quite remarkable. Its a refreshing gin that is easy— even for gin novices— to wrap their heads around. Every element of the gin is present, well done, clearly identifiable and [as an added bonus] well balanced.

Tasting The nose is subtle and understated. A slight, sweet, and mild juniper note is evident. But its quiet. It plays it close to the test on the nose: inviting but not domineering.

The taste is simple and elegant.

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Cocktails

50 States of Gin: The Winners of Each Round

Naturally, when there’s 30+ gins to be tasted it cannot be done all at once. As much as we’d like to try, to do a proper tasting our livers and mental capacities just couldn’t take it. So in order to give every gin a proper tasting and a fair shot, we spread it out into 6 mini tastings over the course of a long day. So as promised, here’s a recap of what we tasted side by side and with what–  and I’ll share with you my top two from each heat.

For full gin reviews of every gin covered in the 50 States of Gin tasting, you’ll have to stay tuned to the Gin is In this fall. If my first post was the 10 miles high overview, this is the one from 50,000 feet. The full reviews will be on the ground: up close and personal.

Heat #1 ///

The Participants: Dogfish Head Jin from Delaware [the nation’s first state, I’m sure you see where we’re going with this], Pennsylvania’s Bluecoat Gin, Southern Gin from Georgia, Gale Force Gin from Masscahussetts and finally, New Hampshire’s Karner Blue gin.

Overall a strong opening.

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Cocktails

Fifty States of Gin: Tasting

Over the next few weeks [and perhaps even months] we’ll be rolling out a great deal of gin reviews and features from the FIFTY STATES OF GIN TASTING that happened this past weekend. David T. Smith of Summer Fruit Cup fame joined me, my friend Justin- a gin enthusiast and good friend from my college “gin discovery days” along with our respective wives and girlfriends for a two day celebration of all things American in gin.

But First, Some thank Yous I’d like to thank Brad Estabrook of Breuckelen Distilling, Allen Katz of New York Distilling for inviting us into their distilleries and sharing their time with us. It was a wonderful experience, and each visit will get a full post quite soon. I’d also like to thank the great folks at Q Tonic for graciously providing us with Tonic Water for out tasting. We definitely agree that the best spirits deserve a superior tonic water, and even more so, we believe that the best American craft gin deserves a great American craft tonic. Finally, David and I would like to thank [although I don’t claim to speak for him here, he will certainly be posting on his own soon enough!] all of the owners, master distillers, brand ambassadors, managers, and fans of good gin who were so generous with their craft and sent us samples of their gin.

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