“We kindly invite you to shut your questioning trap, and enjoy,” says the movie one sees if they click on the ingredients link on the Tub Gin website. Well, if you’re going to be so confrontational about it, I might as well just up and review it and tell you what I think of the gin that you say is made from “fresh Colorado juniper berries and a few other things we found lying around the place.”
But first, let me tell you the story of how I found Tub Gin. Of all places, in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania state run liquor stores. For those of you who don’t know PA and don’t know about the arcane laws that some states in this union still practice, Pennsylvania State Run Liquor Stores are the Sahara of booze. They’re wastelands of overpriced mainstream liquor. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a gin I’d never seen before. Yes, I follow TubGin on Twitter,but I’d never seen it in a NYC store. So of course, I had to have it.
Tub Gin is a gin drinkers gin, that is for sure. The flavors it boasts are classic. It has a strong juniper profile, perhaps one of the strongest I can think of gins I’ve reviewed. There’s a hint of citrus and coriander, but those are merely fleeting sensations that you can pick out within the burn when drank straight. It is rather harsh on its own; however, its strong point of view makes for a bold martini, albeit one that I don’t think is for everyone. Odds are though if you’re reading this post, you’re a gin drinker- am I right? So pour yourself one.
So while it doesn’t stand out among gins as one with a unique profile, it does stand out as one that does classic gin and does it well. Whereas many gins distilled in the United States are experimenting on the fringes of gin in the area known as “American Dry,” its refreshing and downright satisfying to have a gin made in the US (Colorado to be exact) that is more in the London Dry style. Its classic profile that doesn’t deviate too far from the standard, but does it well makes it a great gin for almost any cocktail you can come with.
A classic-styled gin that stands up to any ingredient and shines with bold and fresh juniper. Its refreshing, but a gin for people who like gin.