Like their other gins, JQK Gin is distilled from a base of cane on a 125 gallon pot still in Derry, New Hampshire. This one features both sweet and bitter orange, along with coriander and juniper.
Nose: Slightly sweet, with orange oil, cane spirit and hints of petrichor. Slightly mineral with hints of wet stone.
Flavor: Coriander early. Surprisingly sweet and juicy with an intense, candied citrus and candied lemon notes. There’s a touch of juniper present. Mid-to-late palate, evergreen and citrus ease into more literal notes of orange candy with a slate and mineral after taste.
Bartenders can play up the citrus notes that are there in the middle of JQK Gin to make accessible, somewhat sweet cocktails.
It’s a natural fit for mixed drinks like a Gin and Tonic or a Gin and Coke.
Mixed, I find that the overall presentations is nicely balanced in complex cocktails like Negronis; however, the juniper is likely to get masked.
Overall, JQK Gin
With a nice citrus-forward heart, JQK Gin is on trend in terms of botanicals. Overall, it’s a good mixing gin. Fans of classic style gins may be disappointed in the lack of juniper.