Nils Oscar Tärnö Gin

Sweden - Nils Oscar Tärnö GinThis is the first Swedish gin I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. And if all Swedish Gins are this interesting, it is a country whose gin culture I desperately need to spend more time getting acquainted with.

Jag Dricker Gin!
Jag Kommer från New York City!
[and that is the end of the Swedish I know. To all of my Swedish friends, please forgive me for this brief aside]

Experiencing Swedish Gin
The nose has a floral and fruity hint, with just a hint of juniper.

The taste is a bit fruity, but with plenty of juniper. There’s a bit of citrus that hits you at first before making way for a earthy juniper punch. A bit of heat hits you, but quickly parts leaving the palette with a fresh juniper finish. Hints of a sweet fruitiness linger long after the sip. The fruity notes to me had a slight strawberry character.

The overall character was rather nicely balanced. While its profile seems to fit the contemporary style, it has one foot squarely in the classic camp. There’s a characteristic dryness and warmth to the juniper here that at times hints at London Dry, but it has enough unique fruity notes to differentiate itself. Although this is only a small sample, I’m excited to try more. This gin seems to have a good deal of promise.

I would have no qualms recommending it for a gin and tonic. It might even make a good “gateway gin” for those are moving up to London Dry [a stepping stone between perhaps G’vine Floraison and Beefeater?]. I enjoy the way it adds the berry note* without having to go completely contemporary.

I would love to have a bottle of this to put to a through test in my home bar. In the meantime, if you see a bottle, I wholeheartedly recommend checking it out.

Price: 258 kr / 700 mL (~ 39 US Dollars)
Origin: [flag code=”SE” size=”16″ text=”no”] Sweden
Best consumed: I like the Gin and Tonic, but its overall character seems as it if might go well in nearly any gin cocktail you can come up with. 
Availability: Europe
Rating: A gin that walks the line between the contemporary and classic schools. I’d be excited to give it a more complete review because I like what I’ve had so far.

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Thanks to David over at Summer Fruit Cup for helping  make this tasting possible. Because the bottles are small sample bottles, this review is not as thorough as my normal gin reviews. There’s only enough for some tasting neat and no more than one normal-sized cocktail. Although I do my best to give as full of a review as possible, complete with ratings, the tasting is not as complete as I would normally want to do.

*By the way, although the parallel my taste buds immediately seized upon was Strawberry, the actual botanical is Elderberry— a fruit which I don’t have much experience with on its own, so perhaps I lacked the experience to readily identify it.

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