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Hernö Juniper Cask Gin

Hernö Juniper Cask Gin

Every now and then, we see a gin which does something so crazy, it absolutely blows our mind.  Before we even get it into our glass.

When I hear about Herno distillery’s intention to age gin in a cask made out of juniper wood, I was absolutely boggled. Firstly, and pardon this preconception held by those of us who mostly encounter these small little garden variety junipers, with scraggly winding branches that peel and flake. All in all, I didn’t think you could do anything with the bark whatsoever.

The peoples of Europe have long used juniper; however, it wasn’t quite valued as a wood product. Juniper wood has issues with the way it knots, the type of grain, and its has only come back into vogue as a source of lumber due to technology which can mitigate some of these defects. Let me quote from sawmill which specializes in juniper some of the reasons why juniper isn’t usually used for casks, and can be cost-prohibitive to do so:

“The answer is to accept juniper for what it is.  It is beautiful, local and challenging.  It is not easy, normal or boring. 

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Gin News [July 12th, 2013]

Awards from the Field
    [Category Winner Standard] – Oliver Cromwell London Dry (gold) [Category Winner “Premium”*] Gibson’s, Ish, Martin Miller’s, Edinburgh Gin and Bedrock Gin (master) [Category Winner “Super Premium”*] No. 3, Langley’s No 8, Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve, Dodd’s, Berkeley Square, Whitley Neill (master) [Category Winner Micodistillery] Hernö Gin and Dodd’s Gin (gold) [Category Winner Spiced Gin] Darnley’s View Spiced (master) [Category Winner Navy Strength] Hernö Navy Strength (master) [Category Winner Organic] Hernö Navy Strength and Dodd’s (master)

* ed. note, Premium? Super premium? Has any gin competition come up with less useful categories? 

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Gin News [July 5th, 2013]

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If you’re in the UK, it was a big week for gin launched with the Imbibe Live Bar show featuring several new brands.

Who Else Was Talking about Gin This Week?
    It was a quiet week for gin news, but Forbes did a piece on gin facts which range from interesting and relatively unknown [fact #5] and only half true today, and becoming less true every month [fact #4]. Slate’s Kara Newman tries to defend lower proof spirits and contemplates what the trend towards Navy Strength spirits says about drinkers’ palates. Bombay Sapphire is trying to tell the story of the botanicals in its gin in rather new and interesting ways.

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From the World of Gin [June 21st, 2013]

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Hernö Navy Strength Gin

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This is the second gin from Hernö brenneri and the northernmost distillery gin distillery up in Dala, Sweden. We previously reviewed their 41% Swedish Excellence Gin.

Northernmost Navy What?

Q. If there was a Navy, let’s say hypothetically, would they be operating anything other than icebreakers?

A. Well, let’s dispel this notion. In theory, the nearest large city to Dala, Härnösand is known as a Harbor city, and its climate, while cool, is similar to Buffalo, NY. While this is the northermost gin distillery, it’s not so northern that a Navy – in theory – couldn’t operate out of the town where it is distilled. So dispel the notion that this is a spatial anachronism of sorts. On to the drink!

Tasting Notes on the World’s Northermost Navy Strength Gin The nose is a bit different than the lower proof batch. A little bit more emphasis on the floral, and a decidedly pronounced bit of heat. You can tell that this is going to pack some strength just from the scent.

The palette emphasizes some different notes as well. Up front, quiet on the lips. Takes half a second for the intensity to build.

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Hernö Swedish Excellence Gin

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My love for the great white north of any continent has left me with a somewhat peculiar fascination for the “as far north as you can go” concept. I’ve spent hours pouring over sites such as the “Route de la Baie James” site counting the mile markers of the Transtaiga Highway through other people’s photographs.

So of course when a gin says it is made at the world’s northernmost distillery, you’ve caught my sense of fantasy.  Hernö gin is made in Dala, just outside the city of Härnösand, Sweden. Coat of arms right below.

Unusual Botanical Alert! Two botanicals not often seen in gin appear in Hernö gin.

Meadowsweet: Has a subtle. pleasant aroma, sort of similar to almond. Used in wines, jams and potpourri, but most pertinent to the gin Meadowsweet is traditional component of Scandinavian Meads. Lingonberries: also known as Cowberry in the states, this tart, currant-like berry is probably best known as the red jam sold in every Ikea everywhere.

Tasting Notes: a hint of juniper and an astringent berry-like flavor. Sweet smelling, not too intense. The taste is complex with an emphasis on fruity notes.

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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.

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