Grays Peak— the one referenced in Grays Peak Gin — is one of ten highest summits in the American Rocky Mountains. It towers over 14,000 feet and is among one of the “easiest 14,000+ foot hikes.*” Located in the state of Colorado….
….might leave you surprised that Grays Peak is located nearly 1,000 miles from Princeton, Minnesota, home of Grays Peak Spirits [located just North of Minneapolis]. Astute drinkers might recognize Princeton, Minnesota as also being home of United States Distilled Products/Phillips Distilling, one of the nation’s biggest distilleries and producers of over 100+ brands. Grays Peak is among them.
Original Grays Peak Gin** is distilled entirely from Corn, charcoal filtered and then redistilled with a rather traditional blend of botanicals including two citruses and cubeb pepper.
Pleasant, classic nose with a hint of lemon/orange candy sweetness. Plenty of juniper and a bit of angelica and licorice. Nice, though a bit strong (ethanol) wise on the nose. Overall, it hits all the marks a classic gin should hit.
The palate is a little more spice-forward than the nose would have suggested. Pine resin, sharp, almost bitter pepper notes with a tinge of cubeb and coriander, the finish is sharp and slightly tinny. I’m getting suggestions of coriander and cubeb again here, with a long finish that’s slightly chalky with a touch of bitter orange zest and stone. The gin is exceptionally dry, but in an unusual, slightly plastic way. It’s almost as if all of those notes from the nose evaporate and none of them make it into the gin. It’s faintly classic, but that’s the most I can say about it.
A little bit of tonic water covered up some of the less desirable notes. It makes an okay Gin and Tonic, but I think a strong flavoring might be needed, take for example the Gin and Juice. Other than that, I found that the same off notes from the tasting neat might be at best covered up. Fortunately, the alcohol still works.
One of the most disappointing gins I’ve had in quite some time. Rife with a bland unappealing palate, particularly past the top notes, and a rough, chalky finish it’s hard for me to really recommend this gin. It’s— to be totally honest— not working for me. Perhaps it’s the batch*** because in this modern era of gin selection, it’s very hard to make it with a gin that just doesn’t cut it.
*Called “fourteeners” by climbing enthusiasts, easy is a relative term.
** Note, Grays Peak also has a “the Alchemist’s Blend” version, which is not the one reviewed here.
*** Batch No. 39 reviewed here