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Gin Reviews

Greenhook Ginsmiths’ American Dry Gin

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You’ll have to excuse me, if at first I seemed a bit skeptical of “vacuum distillation.” My previous experience with a gin extolling the virtues of its lower temperature distillation process was the estimable Oxley Classic Dry Gin. And although Oxley was an alright gin, I thought that the emphasis on process was disproportionately to justify what I felt was a rather exorbitant cost (~60 dollars).

So naturally, when Greenhook Ginsmiths’ American Dry Gin hit the market at half the price of the market’s biggest name in vaccum distillation, I was intrigued. When I saw the botanical list, I was even more intrigued.

What are We Looking For? Of course there’s going to be some juniper, but it was the supporting cast which caught my eye.  Ceylon Cinnamon [also sometimes referred to as “True Cinnamon” which I think is a bit sweeter and brighter. This may be a cinnamon-geek note here, but I think it makes a difference], along with Elderflower [the trend is alive!] and Chamomile [my favorite kind of tea and a rather unique note]. But another thing caught my eye- Tuscan Juniper. Like I said, I know my types of cinnamon, but origin-specific juniper is actually rather rare in botanical lists.

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Cocktails

Behind the Bar w/ Tub Gin

First, some background. In college my friends and I began a series of competitions which we called “Aluminum Cook,” or more simply our own version of the television show Iron Chef. It was basically a direct rip off of the TV show. Two people would be selected to cook, and the others would choose the ingredient. The Iron Chef tradition continues in earnest to this day: this time the battle was Cinnamon. And knowing that Cassia is often a flavor in gin, and one that goes well with gin, I sought to take advantage of that in the cocktail course.

I found Tub Gin in the liquor store, and though I had never bought it, thought it was worth taking a chance on. It did list Cassia Bark as one of the components, so I thought at the very least it would be suitable for the drink I had in mind.

Here’s the ingredients for the cocktail I created this evening:

2 0z gin (Tub Gin in this case) 1/2 oz. of cinnamon/walnut syrup* juice from 1 orange wedge, fresh squeezed splash of club soda

Here’s how I made the syrup.

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