Miles Gin is a gin produced by the Sazerac company and describes itself as “London Dry Gin with Natural Flavors.”
Launched in 2014, it appears that Miles’ Gin is licensed to be made at a number of distilleries, including Buffalo Trace, Majestic Distilling of Baltimore, Boston Brands from Maine, Barton in California and two Sazerac locations— one in New Hampshire and the other in Kentucky*.
But furthermore, another label was approved in 2016 that re-categorized Miles Gin as a “Gin Specialty.” I’ll quote from the TTB presentation what this means, “Generally, any class and/or type of distilled spirits that contains or are treated with flavoring and/or coloring materials and/or nonstandard blending or treating materials or processes.” **
Gentle pine and juniper on the nose. Sedate and very traditional with a hint of ethanol.
On the palate, harsh at first. There’s juniper with a pine-forward side, a lemon candy note and an astringent, drying finish.
The first thing you notice sipping Miles’ Gin neat is that it’s a bit of harshness and heat. The base spirit if thin and acerbic. Pine notes come on mid-palate, suggesting classic juniper. There’s a citrus note that follows in short order, but it’s a bit artificial in character. Suggestive of an accord lemon and lime skittles; MIles Gin has a bit of that fake citrus flavor.
Miles Gin is a bit sour and harsh on the finish. It’s very astringent and it dries out your palate quickly. Especially so for a 40% ABV gin.
Miles Gin is designed for heavy duty mixing and especially mixed drink. Stay clear of Martinis or other spirit forward cocktails.
As a well pour, Miles Gin makes an acceptable Gin and Tonic and can add a juniper note to a Gin and Juice. It’s acceptable as a heavy duty mixer, especially if the crowd if not picky about their gin.
If you pick up Miles Gin expecting a true London Dry Gin you’re going to be very disappointed. Miles is a sub par mixing gin with a harsh mouthfeel, fake citrus notes, that only barely ticks the baselines required for a gin to call itself a “gin with natural flavors.”
Which is a shame that Sazerac has put out such an underwhelming product at even this price point. You can spend only a couple more an upgrade significantly to a gin such as Gordon’s.
* Source, COLA Registry, ID: 14265001000052
** Source, 2017 TTB Webinar