Sedition Gin was named for (and inspired by) Vermont’s tradition of revolutionary ideals. It was their London Dry Style offering using a scant and quintessentially classic three botanicals: angelica, coriander and juniper.
I say was because the distillery shuttered the doors not too long ago. Kenneth Lorenz ran the North Bennington, Vermont based Spirits of Old Bennington up until 2018. Unfortunately, it’s a tale of woe not all that uncommon in spirits in the United States— state regulatory regimes contributed to it. If you can’t get your gin on the shelf in your home state, it’s a hard hill to climb. [more on the Spirits of Old Bennington Story]
Sedition Gin is rather slight to the nose. Angelica gives it some lift and brightness; however, overall it’s a bit quiet.
The palate has a touch more to it. The coriander adds some roundness and spice to it. The juniper is certainly the star. It has a green and herbaceous touch to it. Angelica certainly contributes a bit to it. The effect when combined adds some hints of maple sap for a green, but mildly sweet impression.
Sedition Gin is a tad shy when mixed. I think it’s at its best when you let the gin be at the fore and be the star. Try it in a Dry Martini with an olive garnish.
I did find that it worked well in a Gin and Tonic, although heavy quinine and heavy sweetening obscured the gin. Try it in a 1:1 ratio with a tonic water like Q Tonic.
Overall, Sedition Gin
I would have loved to see this bottled at a higher proof. Sadly, it was just a bit too shy to really stand out. Its simple botanical bill and clean classic presentation could have made it a versatile mixer and cocktail gin— probably just bumping it up to 47%.
It’s sad to see a craftsman close up show because of bureaucracy. But if you’re looking for a New England take on a clean gin presentation, seek out one of these last remaining bottles if you can.
Made possible through the New England Gin Exchange
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.