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Williams Chase Seville Orange Gin

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Seville Orange photo from K.B.R. on Flickr.

Not just any orange gin, the Seville Orange is worth a closer look as its not the orange you’re probably thinking of. But this kind of orange often does appear in gin.

Let’s begin: there’s a large class of oranges known as “bitter oranges.” These include the Chinotto [yes, the beverage], the Bergamot, and a famous variety known by its hybrid name which is also the signature orange/citrus flavor of Grand Marnier.

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Buss No. 509 Raspberry Gin

Buss No 509 Raspberry

We’ve reviewed some Gins from Buss Spirits before. This past June we took a look at their White Rain Gin (), but the Raspberry was the flagship entry in their Author Collection. Founder Serge Buss, best known for founding Bar Bounce in Antwerp, has since expanded the product range to include the aforementioned White Rain, but also a Peach variation as well. Bottled at a relatively low 37.5 ABV, first impressions have me thinking to expect a spirit with some liqueur like sweetness. The color is vivid, dark rose, with red hues that evoke the simultaneously the notions of fruit punch, but also [and unsurprisingly] raspberries. Let’s get past this book’s cover and get down to bussiness (ha! get it?)

Impressions

Tart berry, cucumber, and faint intimations of banana as well in the background.

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Dillon’s Cherry Gin

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First, a big shout-out to my friend Chris who picked me up a bottle of this gin while on a wine tour this past Spring. You’ll be seeing a few bottles from Dillon’s coming up, and they’re all thanks to him. So stay tuned for that.

In <100 Words

Dillon’s Cherry Gin is the combination of local Niagara Peninsula Cherries and their signature, locally grown 100% Ontario Rye base spirit. The same base spirit they use in many of their spirits. Dillon’s philosophy is steeped in tradition and family. Interesting note, among the team, Peter Dillon’s title is “Herb and Botanical Expert.” That sounds like a fantastic title to have, and one that I hope to one day aspire to. I digress, back to the gin.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, brown sugar, molasses, stewed cherry, strawberry, and a faint hint of banana as well. Lower, there’s a nice touch of spice with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Nice depth with a lot of complexity at first whiff.

The palate is complex as well. Tart with clear cherry at first, with spice emerging later. Cardamom, ginger, and cassia come through, however, it seems indistinct.

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Long Table Cucumber Dry Gin

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Long Table’s cucumber gin sources local vegetables, even rounding out the botanical mixture with two peppers in addition to their BC cucumbers. It shares the same high quality base spirit and attention to detail that their other spirits do; however, it differentiates itself with its bright, and decidedly cucumber-forward approach.

Impressions

Bright, crisp cucumber on the nose. Clearly vegetal with melon/honeydew undertones. There’s a hint of acidic lemon, green juniper and coriander as well.

Where I think it rises above the pre-conceived notions of cucumber flavored gin, or perhaps even the expectations set by some of the ways that cucumber has been used as a botanical as of late, is when it hits the palate. Crisp English cucumber hits at first, but the mid-palate is rife with many traditional juniper touches. Plenty of baking spice, earthy depth, a peak of coriander, and a green— but evolving into a more herbaceous/pine-like juniper note. The coriander spice takes over on the finish but is backed by waves of vanilla cream, honeydew and bell pepper. The finish is crisp and quite long, with more surprises in store. Spicy fresh cracked coriander gives way to some gentle vegetal complexity.

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Think Pink Gin

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Think Pink Gin isn’t just carnation pink in color, but it also boasts (right on the label) as having Natural Cranberry Flavor. 

It’s made by Marks & Spencer, a luxury food retailer headquartered in the UK. Now, before you think you know Supermarket Brands, let’s establish something. Some are actually high quality products. Aldi’s Oliver Cromwell () is pretty good for its standards, while many of the gin brands distributed by Trader Joe’s stateside are actually quite good (more on one of those in the very near term). So to say that just because it’s a supermarket brand, it must be underwhelming isn’t fair. So we’re going to give it a fair shot Even though Cranberry Flavored Gin isn’t a particularly big part of the overall gin market. Even cranberry/gin cocktails are an exception rather than the rule. So let’s think pink for a couple of moments. In today’s impression we try Marks & Spencer Cranberry Flavored Gin.

Impressions

The nose is incredibly sweet, ride with fake blueberry/strawberry candy flavors and aromas. There’s a faint hint of may-be-cranberry tartness down underneath it, but the candy-like aromas dominate heavily.

The palate is incredibly sweet on first flavor, with a sharp acidic tartness building behind it.

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Gilbey’s Lemon Gin Collins

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I know it’s not technically something specific to Canada. So, no Canada, I’m not holding you solely responsible for this. But I was impressed by how common Gilbey’s Lemon Gin Collins drink was. I had never seen it before this trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. And it was in every single liquor store. Even the ones that had only three gins on the shelf: It was Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater and this. Diageo Canada is on to something I guess. So clearly something is going on that this is popular enough to be everywhere. I thought, since I hadn’t seen it, and wasn’t sure where I would find it again, that I might as well give it a write up while I’m writing up some of the other more Canadian Gins.

 

In <100 Words

Take one of the world’s biggest inexpensive gin brands and cut out the work of mixing and just throw it in the bottle. There’s a not a lot of story here as this is pretty much exactly what you expect. The ingredients are “water” [cut down on the burn, make it easier to drink], sugar [again, to make it more like a Collins], Natural flavors [are you ever going to mention lemon?], Citric Acid [so it feels like Lemon?] and color.

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Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin

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Last month we reviewed Gordon’s brand expansion Gordon’s Elderflower Gin ();  last summer we checked out Knockeen Hills’ variation Knockeen Hills Elderflower Gin (). Clearly Elderflower is still en vogue and gin drinkers are still looking for that unique floral note in their cocktails. How does Warner Edwards’ variation on the theme standup to others? And why wouldn’t you just buy some St. Germain to whip up some cocktails?

In our own <100 words

Warner Edwards’ Harrington Gin () received a boatload of accolades last year when they launched their now renowned Harrington Gin. We also quite liked it. Among the original botanicals* was Elderflower. It gave it a nice brightness. In this latest brand expansion, they’ve pushed the Elderflower to 11. This time its infused. Alike the other Elderflower gins on the market, the flowers are infused after distillation. Unlike other Elderflower gins….

Tasting Notes

The nose is much less literal than other Elderflower gins. Though the name aroma is present, there’s much more going on. For example, juniper, rich spices, cinnamon, cassia, and a lot of cardamom. The aroma is bright and finished with some hints of Elderflower, but it is much more understated than the competition.

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Seagram’s Peach Twisted Gin

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Seagram’s has quite the line of flavored gins. We’ve covered quite a few on here so far, and I’ve come to a single conclusion. Your general appreciation of the flavored gin will likely reflect your approach to candy of the same flavor. Like Apple Jolly Ranchers? You’ll probably find the same flavor in the apple gin. With the peach gin— if you like Peach Rings candy, you’ll probably like— or at least fine the flavor unobjectionable.

Tasting Notes

The nose is strong of peach candy. Sugary, peachy, very sweet, with a faint citrus dryness on the tail. Decidedly one note though. You’ll recognize the flavor pretty much immediately. The palate is a bit more nuanced however. Quiet peach shnapps, lemon, on the front end. The middle has notes of juniper, coriander and angelica. The finish is a bit more lemony again, with the peach candy note coming in. Some heat in the back of the palate that has lemon, juniper and peach schnapps. Although the nose screams peach candy, the palate has significantly more in terms of a gin like profile. The peach candy note is there through most of the tasting, though most pronounces on the tail.

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Seagram’s Pineapple Twisted Gin

Seagram's Pineapple Gin

Flavored Gin is a harsh sell among gins. Most of the time, the target market for these sort of things is looking for something which is purely the flavor on the bottle. This is where pineapple vodka comes in: it’s pineapple and not much else. But flavored gin is this completely different animal: we’ll give you your pineapple and give it some juniper at the same time.

It’s a bit limiting in terms of scope. You generally mix these outright. You don’t do a lot of cocktail work with them. They’re supposed to be fun and easy to drink. I’ve reviewed other gins from the Seagram’s line before, so I’m a little familiar with kind of the base expectations:

You can craft some cocktails around these gins and come up with some fairly good results. But they don’t really work too well in classic cocktails. Mixed drinks, sure, but cocktails no. So I won’t be overly negative and go into the reason why this makes a weird Negroni or less than stellar Aviation. Chances are, if you’re looking for a flavored gin, you’re not looking for something which does those things*.

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