Hello gin world. The Gin Wife here, reporting in “live” from our kitchen to discuss and compare Green Hat’s new seasonal gin. (Worry not, dear readers, for Aaron will also be giving his take.)
The Gin Husband a.k.a. Aaron has reviewed Green Hat Gin before here. I quote, “Floral, with a bit of lemon and a jam. Bright, vibrant, contemporary styled gin but with juniper in the background. Very smooth and very drinkable.”
I am mostly in agreement. I will add that I distinctly smell bananas in this gin – not real bananas. Those crazy runt banana candies that came out of filthy coin operated machines that my parents unwittingly let me eat. (Now they sell them in boxes!) I think I once saw just the bananas sold in bulk at a supermarket once. They were clearly the best of the bunch. (Ha! Get it?) Come to think of it, I’m not sure they’re actually banana flavored. It may be some crazy citrus combination, which would make sense.
I kept telling Aaron that I smelled banana, and I’m sure he still thinks I’m crazy. But I greatly enjoyed the Green Hat Gin and the nostalgia of questionable candy.
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Considering the sheer mass and quality of gins that came out in 2011, 2012 has a nearly impossible standard to live up to. That being said, though I think there were fewer super-high-profile launches in 2012, there’s been several quite good ones. So to celebrate the end of the year that was in gin 2012, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest, best, and more important launches of this past year.
American Dry Gin
Reviewed April 2nd
If you thought the New York distillery scene couldn’t support another gin, you would have been wrong. Though perhaps I’m biased because I live in New York, this was one of the higher profile names that came out this past year. Their cold temperature vacuum distilling and bright contemporary flavor set it apart and helped the gin earn its keep among the crowded craft gin shelves of New York city.
New Columbia Distillers
Green Hat Gin
Another one of the fairly high profile launches this past year was the first distillery in Washington D.C. since prohibition. The gin blogosphere was buzzing weeks before the launch with the information that we’d soon be seeing this gin on shelves.
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