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Mashbox: Hudson

November 15, 2015 at 0422PM

There’s so many great spirits coming onto the market these days, if you’re not a critic, how do you keep up? More importantly, if you don’t live in the place where that spirit is distilled, how do you keep up?

Mashbox has the answer. Four times a year, they’ll ship samples (50mL) of three spirits to your door and give you a chance to try something new, something cutting edge, something you can’t get elsewhere. And they’ll give you a discount on the full bottle if you fall in love.

Mashbox was so kind as to send me a sample of their first box. As a New Yorker, I’m actually quite familiar with the contents of their first box which is inspired by the Hudson Valley. If you follow us, we covered Glorious Gin (yesterday after getting a sample in the latest Mashbox. But today we’ll do something unusual. We’ll also talk about the other two spirits in the Mashbox. Spoiler alert: they’re not gin.

The first inclusion is something which includes a lot of things familiar to gin drinkers: honey. There’s gins sweetened with Honey like Barr Hill () and gins distilled from honey like Comb 9 ().

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Seagram’s Gin and Juice: Green Dragon w/ Ginseng

Seagram’s Gin and Juice, Green Dragon with Ginseng seems an odd intersection of two things: the [should be] trend of the premixed cocktail and the trend of adding ingredients with purported health benefits to drinks which otherwise are sugary treats [here’s looking at you Vitamin Water].

Ginseng? This isn’t Ginseng in the same sense of Ginseng as a botanical in gin. Well, they are one and the same plant. But in a gin you might suggest that the ginseng adds a flavor, or is trying to create a certain character in the gin. In Gin and Juice, the ginseng is probably here for one of its two primary attributed folk-medicine characters. Either as an aphrodisiac, or as a caffeine-alternative wake-you-up sort of stimulant. Take your pick. Take one. Take both. It’s not adding any flavor to this. Speaking of flavor….

Yes, Speaking Of Flavor The nose is sweet, again kind of fake, but kiwi predominantly. A little bit of kool-aid. Inoffensive, inviting.

The taste is a bit more rounded out. There’s a hint of alcohol in here. Not quite juniper or something gin-like, but very clearly present. Strawberry recognizable, very sweet, fake kiwi present.

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Seagram’s Gin and Juice, Original Citrus

Pre-mixed cocktails have an allure that is easy to get.

When you’re throwing a party and you don’t feel like mixing drinks. Your friends don’t feel link mixing drinks. But you’re not going to be drinking beer. Or wine.

For some reason this specific place in the market seems vastly unserved. Seagram’s Gin and Juice line isn’t new, but yet it doesn’t have many competitors out there. You want a pre-mixed gin drink? This is pretty much it folks.

But let’s get down to it. It’s bright yellow and a fairly robust 35 proof. But how does it taste. I’m going to stay true to my usual format for consistency sake, although I can think few people would bother to comment [or care] about the nose on this.

Tasting Seagram’s Original Citrus The nose is fake citrus for sure. That distinct sour mix scent. Lemon, lime, neither distinct enough to pick out. No trace of juniper or gin for that matter. Not entirely unexpected. Its whatever makes citrus shelf stable enough to last that long out of the refrigerator.

The taste itself is decidedly not fresh, but somewhat more sour and less palatable than most sour mix is.

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