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Gin Reviews

Rob’s MTN Gin

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Rob as in Rob’s MTN Gin and Rob Masters a.k.a. the head distiller over at Spring 44 [whose gins have been reviewed on this blog before]. Rob has had his hands on more than a couple gins and has been a mainstay on the Colorado Distilling scene for nearly a decade now.

Of course I’m not the one to introduce you to Rob. His story has been covered, so if you want to get to know the man behind the name of Rob’s MTN gin check out this piece from Denver Off the Wagon.

Now that you know the name. Let’s get down to the spirit, because in his own words on his very own website, “it’s all about what’s in the bottle.”

TSTNG the MTN: Bright juniper on the nose, mild alcohol nose. Citrus. Very balanced with an almost single scent nose. A homogeneous balanced blend of botanicals. Very nice, very inviting. I’m excited to taste the gin based on the nose alone.

The palate is bright and nice. Plenty of juniper, but well balanced within the context of other flavors and notes.

Walking you through the taste:

    subtle bright, juniper begins.

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Gin Reviews

Spring 44 Old Tom Gin

spring 44 old tom

Old Tom Gin.

If you were hunting the streets of London for gin during the heady days of England’s early 18th century prohibition [and for those of you who don’t know your gin history, it was specifically gin which was targeted. The craze, Mother’s ruin, and all of that good stuff came out of this period] you need look no further than the window with a picture of the Old Tom Cat over it. Insert your coin, and the barkeep inside of the building would insert some gin into a chute for the paying customer to enjoy.

Old Tom Gin had a reputation for being cheap, almost vile stuff. The style in question was sweetened, to hide the less pleasant notes of the unfortunate and crudely produced spirit lying underneath.

History Lesson Over And now to the present. Dry gin merely meant “unsweetened gin,” and now Old Tom generally refers to a sweetened style of gin that differs from a the vast array of dry gins which decorate the shelves and bars or liquor stores around the world. Old Tom is something of an obscure style too, though with the recent craft distilling surge, its making a comeback and now there’s nearly ten distilleries Old Tom Gin being made in the United States, and I’d be expecting more in the near future.

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Cocktails

Aviation Cocktail w/ Spring 44 Gin

2 oz. gin 1/2 oz. Maraschino 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice 1/4 oz. Creme De Violette

Stir, serve straight up in a martini glass.

On this Cocktail: It deviates a bit from my “preferred” Aviation, but let me talk through this one for a second. Spring 44 Gin is a nice balancing point between New American and London Dry style. Enough Juniper and hints of floral notes.  I added more Maraschino in this case, hoping to balance the floral notes in the gin. I also didn’t shake it, because it let the Creme de Violette fade a bit more into the background.

Overall, this is a more martini-like version. Warm, you pick up some different notes than you do when shaken with ice. All in all, a rather nice cocktail and a satisfying variation for one who wants a drink that’s a bit more neat.

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Cocktails

Spring 44 w/ Fentiman’s Tonic

Those of you tired of hearing about Fentiman’s tonic will be glad to know that this will be among the last mentions for a while. My local store which had been stocking it, no longer seems to be. So now good tonic water is a difficult to obtain commodity.

But in the meantime let me rave about this combination. I think the Fentiman’s helps bring out Spring 44’s floral side making for a more New American style gin and tonic.

Of course, also worth pointing out because I’m a huge hockey fan and have never seen a gin ad at a hockey rink before, apparently Spring 44 is the official gin sponsor at MSG.  But although I’m a huge fan of gin and enjoy Spring 44 gin, I am still a Buffalo Sabres fan first!

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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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