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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The first thing you’ll notice about G’vine gins is that this isn’t your standard Beefeater or Tangueray. You also don’t need to have a wine drinker’s palate to recognize that there’s something grapey and floral about the taste of this gin. It has just enough hint of a tart sweetness to make the gin interesting no matter how you mix it.
Firstly, in a tonic Nouaison really shines. Since the flavor of the gin is so strong and sweet, I suggest going easy on the lime juice or even leaving it out altogether. This gin has such a strong flavor, that though it pairs well with other flavors, such as in a Tom Collins, it doesn’t stand out so much that I would recommend it over a more inexpensive option. It stands strongly on its own, which makes it an excellent choice for a classic martini. It is exceptionally smooth, even when consumed straight. Its exceptionally fragrant- so much so that I may go as far to say this is the kind of gin you can serve to friends who don’t like gin. Consider it a gateway.
Best consumed: Straight or with Tonic
Availability: Fairly uncommon.
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