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Ginvent 2015

December 06, 2015 at 0103PM

Follow along with us this holiday season as we go through Drinks by the Dram’s 2015 Ginvent Calendar. You can follow along yourself at home by either picking up a calendar and either run ahead on your own by grabbing a copy of my latest book GIN: THE ART AND CRAFT OF THE ARTISAN REVIVAL (nearly all of the gins are featured in the book!) or staying tuned here for notes on the gins as we open them up alongside you.

For Ginvent, our rating system will be out of 5 ‘s and will instead be solely judging the spirit based on how it is on its own. Where we’ve done a more full review on the site, we’ll link to that as well.

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December 17th

Ferdinand Saar Quince Origin: Germany 30% ABV Quick Review: 

A cordial style gin that is absolutely exploding with good ideas! Riesling wine [check!]. Quince instead of Sloes [check!]. 30 botanicals! [check!] There’s just so many things happening that you can’t focus on what each of them does well. It’s an orchestra where everyone plays at once.

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Gin Reviews

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin Old Tom


Price:  £24  / 500 mLABV: 42.4% Distiller: Professor Cornelius Ampleforth/Master of Malt HouseOrigin:  UKAvailability:  UKRating:  (2.5/5)

That name is a mouth-full. But let’s break it down into some helpful definitions:

Bathtub Gin – owing to the fact that legally gin is simply “juniper flavored spirit,” one can make a gin by infusing/macerating, or alternatively “cold compounding” juniper berries and other botanicals in a spirit.

Old Tom Gin – the simplest, widely accepted definition for what an Old Tom Gin is simply a gin which has sweetening added after distillation*. Usually Old Tom gins feature a malty, character-filled base spirit which hasn’t been distilled to the point of being neutral, and often, but not necessarily by definition, have been rested in a barrel, usually for only as long as it needed to travel from distillery to pub.

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Master of Malt house brand based on a legend of a slightly mad Victorian re-creationist who hasn’t met a spirit of yore that he didn’t want to bring back. See Victor Frankenstein**

Tasting Notes

Cardamom, lemon and juniper on the nose, it comes across as sweet without being sweetened per se.

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Gin Reviews

Entropia Gin

Entropia Gin

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We have another bold colored gin from the Galicia region of Spain. Entropia’s golden color isn’t from aging, its actually from the post-distillation infusion of the two botanicals most prominently called out on the bottle. Guarana and Ginseng. I know, it’s hard to not think “energy drink” considering I’ve seen those two ingredients prominently called out on the labels of everything from Sobe to Vitamin Water over the last decade.

Ginseng is often considered a natural boost for one’s mental acuity, sexual drive, or mood, science thus far has only been able to find weak evidence to associate it with boosting one’s immune system. Not exactly unabashed support, yet some claim to experience these benefits.

Guarana has been associated with a whole host of supposed boosts, everything from weight loss, to mental sharpness, to sexual stamina and really everything in between. Science remains unconvinced.

But we’re not here to try the botanicals’ medical properties. We’re here to try their flavor. And on that matter we feel like we’re qualified to pass judgement.

Tasting Notes

Entropia Gin has a golden color, similar to that of a lager. It has the hue of bright hay or goldenrod.

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From the World of Gin, April 2013

Introducing a new feature here for this month: There’s so much happening in gin outside of what gets written about here. All throughout April, I’ve been collecting some of the biggest stories of the month, as well as reviews across mine and other sites and anything else interesting  that’s happened in gin.

Awards from the Field New Product Launches Who Else Was Talking about Gin This Week?

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Other Thoughts

Juniper, Gin and Arthritis. The gin recommendations behind the news.

Question: I’ve heard that cheap gin doesn’t have any “actual juniper” in it, but I’m looking for a gin which will hopefully have some juniper in it so I can derive the purported benefits, which include a reduction of inflammation from arthritis and other similar afflictions. Which gin has the most juniper in it?

Answer: The last part of the question is the part that I can and will answer.

Very inexpensive compound gins [on the bottom shelf usually] add juniper “flavoring” to neutral spirit. It’s technically and “legally” “gin.” But that’s not what you’re looking for.

Your next step you have your distilled gins.

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Gin Reviews

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin [Navy Strength]


Infusion gins have a sometimes unfair reputation. Talk to someone who’s been around spirits for a long time and the notion of an “infused gin” probably conjures up to the notion of an inexpensive “store brand” gin that has been infused with artificial flavors after distillation.

Fortunately this reputation is on the wane and the bar has been raised. For example, Tru2 Organic Gin has a golden hue from fourteen botanicals that been infused to create a bold, herbal, gin. Distilleries like Bendistillery really raised the bar for infusion gins with their excellent Crater Lake Gin. I’ve rambled about this reputation in the past, so I won’t continue here. But along comes the Professor Cornelius Ampleforth line of gins from Master of Malt which in the tradition of “Bathtub Gins”, continues to elevate the notion of what a compound gin can be.

Tasting Notes The nose isn’t as strong in terms of alcohol as other Navy Strength Gins. Don’t get me wrong, you can tell its perhaps a bit overproof but on nose alone I wouldn’t be saying “57%” on guess alone. Lots of citrus, orange is strong. Cinnamon is the next botanical that is rather obvious on the nose.

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