Thomas Henry Tonic Bitters by The Bitter Truth
You might be forgiven for wondering what on earth a bitters review is doing here on TheGinIsIn.
Those of you who don’t know me in the real world, will be forgiven for not knowing that I have a big soft spot for bitters. Over 20 varietals fill the gaps on my bar shelf between every bottle of gin. But while bitters have many uses in gin drinks, only one bitters is actually specifically built for gin.
These bitters are designed to go right into your Gin and Tonic.
And of course, you can bet we’ve put them to the test.
What do they taste like? On their own?
There’s a lot of citrus, actually grapefruit that comes off of these guys when you sip them off the spoon. Like, Ruby Red, fresh grapefruit. Orange rind, and white pepper notes on the finish as well. It’s a bitters, so it’s hard to say its really potable on it’s own, but you can see where it’s going. Mostly citrus, a touch of bitterness and hints of spice.
Grapefruit is an interesting flavor to choose for a gin paired bitters.
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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].
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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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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