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Gin Reviews

Bardenay Gin

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Bardenay Gin hails from Idaho. And I’d forgive you for expecting something like a Potato base here (if you are looking for a Potato based neutral spirit gin, might I suggest looking at Cold River Gin from Maine). But that doesn’t mean that Bardenay gin uses a run-of-the-mill base spirit.

It might be less surprising when you find out that they also make a rum, but the base spirit comes from a brown sugar cane base.

Again, when looking at American craft distilling, you should expect the unexpected. A gin made from cane spirit in Idaho? Yep, and I’ll tell you. Its a pretty good gin also.

Bardenay: Enter the Gin The nose is strongly juniper. A little bit of alcohol vapour smell, but pleasant, inviting, and quite gin like. As its intended to be a classic-styled gin, this is quite what the name implies.

Its a bit creamy tasting. citrus and vanilla come to mind. Still a crisp juniper sensation, but it fades towards the backseat at the tail end of the taste. Warm spiced lemon fades gently, punctuated by a momentary rush of heat, which fades almost as suddenly as it came on.

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50 States of Gin: The Winners of Each Round

Naturally, when there’s 30+ gins to be tasted it cannot be done all at once. As much as we’d like to try, to do a proper tasting our livers and mental capacities just couldn’t take it. So in order to give every gin a proper tasting and a fair shot, we spread it out into 6 mini tastings over the course of a long day. So as promised, here’s a recap of what we tasted side by side and with what–  and I’ll share with you my top two from each heat.

For full gin reviews of every gin covered in the 50 States of Gin tasting, you’ll have to stay tuned to the Gin is In this fall. If my first post was the 10 miles high overview, this is the one from 50,000 feet. The full reviews will be on the ground: up close and personal.

Heat #1 ///

The Participants: Dogfish Head Jin from Delaware [the nation’s first state, I’m sure you see where we’re going with this], Pennsylvania’s Bluecoat Gin, Southern Gin from Georgia, Gale Force Gin from Masscahussetts and finally, New Hampshire’s Karner Blue gin.

Overall a strong opening.

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