Looking through my archives, I was surprised that I hadn’t reviewed this gin sooner. After all, Ingenium Gin has cropped up in so many different posts already. I tested Cocchi and Lillet with Ingenium; I brought it to the 50 States of Gin tasting, and yet I never gave it a proper write up. So apologies for the delay. If you’re a reader of my blog and you’ve been wondering about this rather new gin. Curious? Good, let’s take a closer look at Maine’s latest gin. From New England Distilling in Portland, Maine, we review Ingenium.
Nose and Taste:
It smells rich and earthy, on the nose. At the tasting, one reviewer called it a bit of a “coriander bomb.” The earthy, spicy character is the first thing that you experience. On the nose, its a bit of alcoholic burn.
The taste is remarkably true to the nose. Again, a good deal of spicy rich coriander, Angelica and Orris seem present as well. There’s a bit of subtle juniper in here too, but its very quiet playing a complimentary role.
It also has a taste close to Genever. Rich and warm notes of grain come through.
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If you have ever heard of a craft beer or ever been into a bar that sells more than just Bud, Bud Light and Heineken on tap then surely you’re familiar with the name “Dogfish Head.” They are certainly best known for their beers. During the time of my life where I could drink beer [for those of you new to this blog, I’m unable to eat gluten] I was a big fan of Dogfish Head’s microbrews.
Fast forward a few years to the “50 States of Gin” tasting, and I discovered that Delaware [our nation’s first state, mind you] has only one gin distilled within its boundaries. And that hailed from the place best known for its beer.
Unfortunately, they only sell “Jin” at their distillery. Fortunately for David and I, they were willing to send us a bottle for their tasting. So now if you’re passing through the state of Delaware, and maybe your homebrew buddy wants to drag you through a brewery tour, I can let you know just what will be awaiting you when you get to the tasting room.
On to the tasting:
The first thing I want to point out about Dogfish Head Jin is that it boasts a relatively straight forward selection of botanicals that are clearly identified on the front of the bottle: Juniper [x], Coriander [x], Cucumbers [x] and hops?
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