1: suitable for rough use knockabout clothing
2a : being noisy and rough : boisterous knockabout games b : characterized by boisterous antics and often extravagant burlesque knockabout comedy
3 of a sailing vessel : having a simplified rig marked by absence of bowsprit and topmast a knockabout sloop
About Knockabout Gin
Now that we got definitions out of the way [it’s clearly number 3! and a reference to Massachusetts maritime heritage], Ryan and Wood Distilling distill their Knockabout Gin on a custom built copper pot still. The botanicals are distilled upon a grain base spirit.
Juniper, spice, and a bit of ethanol heat on the nose. Knockabout Gin definitely has a bit of a burn at first glance. It’s something of a knockabout on the nose (definition 2).
The palate is noticeably softer. Citrus and a strong note of pine and green juniper at first taste. A little bit of cinnamon kissed sweet spice, lemon zest, and turning quite full juniper. Orange and cinnamon late on the palate. The finish is fairly classic on perspective and approach with juniper dominating with the spice and citrus notes harmonizing together as a support note.
Knockabout Gin was a tad overwhelming in the Martini, with the nose overshadowing the rest of the drink. Combined with some more ingredients, say in a Bronx Cocktail or Gin and Tonic, it adds its own character to the nose and lets Knockabout Gin’s juniper and spice-forward core shine.
I also found Knockabout Gin to be good in a Negroni. It was a comfortable juniper note even at the classic equal parts ratio.
Fans of more classic styled gins and contemporary spice forward gins will find something to like in Knockabout Gin. It works well as a general mixing gin and gin drinkers will find that it compares favorably to many other more established standbys in this space. Some might say that its a good knockabout (definition 1) behind the bar.
Special thanks to John at Foodie Pilgrim. Since 2012, John has shared and sourced gins from New England and nearby that we at The Gin is In haven’t tried yet. This gin sample was shared by John, who is also a big fan of gin. So check out his New England Gin Reviews as well when you have a chance. Also read what John had to say about Knockabout Gin.