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Gin Reviews

Vaiŏne Gin

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As far as I know, this review is a Gin is In exclusive. It also marks the first time I’ve had a gin from New Zealand.

New Zealand has a thriving distillers’ culture. It is the the only nation, which as of right, allows citizens to distill for their own personal use. Distillers who wish to sell, have to go through a permitting process. But if you’ve ever wanted to just experiment with distilling, New Zealand is the place for you.

It’s in this thriving culture that Vaiŏne’s origins lie. The gin here was originally a home distilled product from John Sexton [the gin’s website graciously provides newspaper clippings]. The Sexton family has taken their home distilled gin to the big leagues, and John’s award winning home distilled gin is now produced by him and his son Anthony, and is available in stores.

Vaiŏne does embody the sense of place: among the botanicals are locally grown New Zealand/South Pacific limes.

Tasting Notes

The nose is a little strong, a bit of heat, some citrus, orange and lemony notes, with some juniper and a faint touch of spice on the finish.

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Tonic Water

Review: Tomr’s Tonic


The definition of what “Tonic” is has expanded* significantly in the last couple of years. I would place this expansion squarely within the trend of “making it yourself” and the healthy skepticism about about “what IS in our food?” What exactly IS in Tonic Water? Often times High Fructose Corn Syrup and very little that resembles the tonic water of old. The craft revolution has come from the farmer’s market and now sits squarely in the bar.

So cocktail celebrities like Jeffrey Morgenthaler have written excellent guides to making your own tonic water from scratch.  And companies like Tomr’s have brought the hard work of homemade tonic to the home cocktail crowd and the now rare bar without a housemade bitters program.

On Its Own: Strong notes of cinnamon and a warm fruity taste. There is a pronounced bitterness but its sweeter and decidedly less herbal than you might think. It begins very fruity and well rounded. Warm hints of citrus and remarkably pleasant.

In a G & T: At first I was struck by how radically different this Gin and Tonic was from what you may be used to.

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Gin Reviews

Pinckney Bend Gin


Organic gin is something that we’re seeing more and more of, especially within the American microdistillery scene. Pinckney Bend has nine botanicals, each of them certified organic and all of them including the wheat in the gin’s base are American grown. In fact everything about this gin, right down to the glass of the bottle is made in the states.

Additionally, Map geeks such as myself will likely appreciate the beautiful map on the label as well showing those of us unacquainted with Missouri geography (myself included) where exactly Pinckney Bend is. Now on to the gin:

First Impressions The nose is hot, with an overwhelming alcohol scent. Though there are pleasant and subtle notes of citrus- predominantly orange, the alcohol scent overwhelms them a bit. At 46.5%, that there is a distinct heat on the nose isn’t unsurprising, but when compared to other gins which clock in at over 40%, I’d say Pinckney Bend might be one that betrays its intensity on the nose more strongly than others.

On to the Taste The tasting begins with a slight earth note of cinnamon which lasts only a half a second before the heat and the citrus take over.

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