Here’s another in another in a series of famous/popular gins that I’m giving a better treatment to. I think that my initial review of Gordon’s might not have given the same thorough treatment that I’ve given other gins. Given its status as one of the most senior gins out there [having been produced since 1769!] I think it would only be right to give it a more thorough review.
As before, the original review is still available if you want to see what we originally said.
In <100 Words
Ask some pedants “What’s your favorite Scottish gin” and they might reply “Gordon’s.” Although it originated in England, the UK version is currently distilled at Cameron Bridge in Scotland. The variation I have was not distilled in Scotland, it was distilled in Canada, and bottled in Norwalk, Connecticut. Gordon’s is truly international. So the idea that it’s of the place where it is distilled is somewhat nonsensical. It is British in origin, but it’s provenance has transcended the place where grain is turned into gin. It’s purported to have at least four botanicals in it. Juniper, coriander and angelica are oft repeated and likely to definitely be among the bill.
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When Gilt Gin burst onto the scene I remember a couple of folks on Twitter saying “New Make Scotch?! That’s not even a thing!” Well for the sake of clarification, its just that the base is made of malted barley 100%. Which is the same base neutral spirit which would be used to make Scotch Whisky if they chose to pursue that route. They haven’t. Technically, there’s nothing “Scotch” about this, except that it is Scottish. And Scottish Gin is definitely a thing, a trend, and an emerging area of the gin thing that’s exploding everywhere.
A little bit of hay/grass on the nose. A tad bit of sweetness as well and a touch of anise. The taste is crisp juniper at first, a building bit of heat, caramel and burnt sugar in the middle, giving it a touch of sweetness. Lots of earthy notes. Coriander, citrus and anise again. The closing warm with a touch of heat and Orris root.
A little bit discordant in a gin and tonic. Though it doesn’t have as strongly of a whiskey character as some of the other novel grain bases, it does have that sort of “this just doesn’t meld” sort of taste.
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If I told you that in terms of volume, 1/7th of your bottle of Cream Gin is actually cream, you might say I’m crazy. After all, there’s no hint as to where thick white color of cream might be.
Cream gin is the result of cold distillation with the cream as an actual botanical. And it’s cold, so the cream is never heated and therefore never denatures or does whatever weird flavor things that burnt milk is wont to do. A throwback to the Victorian Era, Master of Malt tells us.
Suffice to say, the folks at Master of Malt have been experimenting left and right in the last year or so, releasing gin after gin.
Although I’m lactose-intolerant [I don’t think there’s any lactose sneaking through…is there? should I be packing some dairy pills?] I’m rather excited about Cream Gin. Let’s get down to business.
So how about this meck*?
The nose is a bit vanilla, with hints of citrus, juniper, and alcohol. Not very hot in terms of the alcohol, but it gives off a certain rubbing alcohol smell. The vanilla/cream odor dominates, but nowhere near as loud as you might expect it to be.
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About a year ago we reviewed Ish Gin. For those of you who haven’t tried it, it’s the gin with the 50 Shades of Gray marketing campaign a.k.a the softcore bondage handcuff advertising campaign. I won’t rehash my review [available here] but suffice to say, I thought it was a rather good gin. So when David brought me a sample of Ish’s new Limed gin, I was kind of excited to see what they had in store. I don’t have any Ish so doing a side by side review isn’t possible. But where possible I’ll try and compare it to their main offering as best I can recall.
Bouquet and Palate
Nice juniper on the nose. Hint of citrus, not necessarily lime. But citrus for certain. Smells quite classic, quite nice.
Spicy at first on the palate. Hint of coriander and warm spice.Warm bread notes. Evolves quickly, building heat. Sharp juniper, bright and brisk. Citrus on the close, a little bit of heat. Slightly lime, slightly lemon. Long finish with a bit of heat in the corners of the mouth, a little bit of lime and a little bit of almond and even a vegetal herbal note of cucumber on the close.
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