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Gin News [February 14th, 2014]

Japanese Gin from Cambridge Distillery

Apologies we’re a little late on this one, was judging spirits with the American Distilling Institute this past week up in Seattle.

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Second Opinions

    The Gin Queen reviews Botanic Australis. “And so it is. A hint of juniper, a mouthful of warmth and then the botanicals play a fandango (look it up) in your mouth.” Good Spirits News reviews Old English Gin (): ” Quite smooth and very much in the tradition of drier English styles (as opposed to the malty Dutch versions).

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Gin Reviews

Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin

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With the Olympics ramping up, I thought it would be a good time to take a brief break from the stateside focus and give some press to the still active distillation scene of London. Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin is a London Dry style gin that is actually pot distilled within the London City limits.

The Nose is rather classic in character. Notes of juniper and citrus. Lemon predominates and it clearly states its position as a dry gin right up front. The taste is sharp and piquant with an emphasized drying sensation. It does indeed taste a bit more of its strength on the palette, there is a pronounced alcohol burn, although tightly bound between the initial juniper burst and the dry earthy tail. The gin has a silky, oily character and each of the clearly dilineated botanicals takes a moment in the spotlight. Begins with juniper, before shifting to citrus. That’s where the burn comes in and  a faint hint of borage, then it leaves you with a coriander spice and an earthy character indicative or Angelica.

Overall, it has a nicely balanced character which would likely suggest it for any number of cocktails.

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Gin Reviews

Cold River Gin

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Since I’ve last written about a gin from Maine, I’ve had the pleasure of spending some time exploring the beautiful state. In April 2012, my wife and I took the scenic route up the coast (Route 1 and the scenic bypasses) driving through small coastal town after small coastal town. The weather was a hair cool, with a spring wind blowing off the ocean. There were a few people walking the beaches in brightly colored windbreakers; kids flying kites, folks playing fetch with their dogs. Idyllic, peaceful, surely the quiet before the lobster stands open and the crowds of summer return. Although I was disappointed that there was no fresh lobster [yes, I know I was early], I felt like I got to see a little bit of what Maine was all about, in particular Freeport, Maine which is along the oceanic coast. Next time, I want to venture inland, but for now we get to the reason why you’re here.

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Gin Reviews

Oxley Gin

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Oxley gin holds a special place in this blog already. It was the gin we chose to take on vacation with us, which means that from the outset it met a very specific set of criteria.

Firstly, we wanted something that was classically styled, and capable of “tasting like gin” in any cocktail it was put in. Second, it had to be versatile and capable of doing many things well.Finally,we wanted a gin that was capable of keeping gin devotees interested. Oxley accomplished all of these things and was a good companion on this trip. We put it to work in many Gin and Tonics (w/ Fever Tree); we tested its mettle by making a pitcher (yes, you read me correctly: a pitcher) of Corpse Reviver #2s.

On to the Review Proper: Oxley’s story

Be prepared for a bit of science class here. So Oxley is “cold distilled,” as to not impart some of the bad notes that heat distillation can impart upon a spirit…

My Take: I want to interject and formally declare shenanigans. I don’t distill myself, but I’m not sure that I’m necessarily buying this. I think cold distillation is novel, different, and can facilitate the addition of different flavors (with different results) but I’m not buying the fact that other gin and spirits have bad flavors.

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Gin Reviews

Spring 44 Gin

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Spring 44 Gin is very on point with some of the more recent trends in gin and liquor overall. It uses several locally sourced botanicals  and Rocky Mountain Spring water that bring to mind Cottage Grove Distillery’s location at 9,000 feet elevation in Roosevelt National forest. Sure, the vision I get in my mind is idyllic. A road that can only be accessed by four wheel drive; seeing the milky way from the backyard, the entirely-off-the-grid production process using solar panels (see the Spring 44story from their website for more). But how does the gin actually hold up?

Firstly, the flavor profile is something directly between London Dry and New American.  Unlike many gins which boast a floral and somewhat exotic profile, there is a very noticeable juniper flavor here. And unlike many gins that put the juniper prominently in the mix, there’s a floral overtone. Would I be remiss in saying that if Aviation Gin + Beefeater had a child it would be something like Spring 44? Perhaps, but only because I wouldn’t want to say that Spring 44 can’t stand its own among gins. It does. In addition to the juniper and floral notes, there are mint, lavender, and even rosemary in the mix.

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Gin Reviews

Tub Gin

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“We kindly invite you to shut your questioning trap, and enjoy,” says the movie one sees if they click on the ingredients link on the Tub Gin website. Well, if you’re going to be so confrontational about it, I might as well just up and review it and tell you what I think of the gin that you say is made from “fresh Colorado juniper berries and a few other things we found lying around the place.”

But first, let me tell you the story of how I found Tub Gin. Of all places, in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania state run liquor stores. For those of you who don’t know PA and don’t know about the arcane laws that some states in this union still practice, Pennsylvania State Run Liquor Stores are the Sahara of booze. They’re wastelands of overpriced mainstream liquor. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a gin I’d never seen before. Yes, I follow TubGin on Twitter,but I’d never seen it in a NYC store. So of course, I had to have it.

Tub Gin is a gin drinkers gin, that is for sure. The flavors it boasts are classic.

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Gin Reviews

Tanqueray Ten

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I reviewed Tanqueray’s mainstream offering earlier this week. Now we’re going to take a step up the ladder to their top of the line quadruple-distilled gin, aimed specifically at the martini market.

This is indisputably a step up. Despite the higher proof, the gin is much smoother than its older brother. There’s no longer the vague intimation of fruits but a robust grapefruit and lime citrus tang. There’s still plenty of juniper and hints of coriander in the mix, but the smooth citrus finish is what makes this gin. The higher proof means it stands out more strongly in any drink you decide to make with it, and for the most part the flavor is worth capturing and holding on to.

One thing that has struck me about this gin, is that it pretty much has received universal accolades from the liquor blogging community. Its as if the name “ten” was designed to give reviewers a starting point for the review. “Ten is a ten!!!” Though its a fine gin, I’m struck by its seemingly contradictory nature. It was designed for martini drinkers in the spirit of one of the most traditional and piney London dry gins on the market, but in upscaling it they added a slew of citrus that although fairly balanced, manages to hide the juniper base.

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