Tamworth Garden White Mountain Gin was part of a series of gins inspired by exploration of the area around Tamworth, New Hampshire. The idyllic, picturesque New England countryside nearby the distillery has inspired Steven Grasse to recreate old recipes from 18th century America (under the Art in the Age name) as well as his gins, perhaps which the best known of is Apiary Gin.
White Mountain Gin is bottled at 48% ABV and features three different types of hops: the bitter, pungent Centennial Hop; the citrus-bomb Amarillo Hop, and the grapefruit flavored darling of the craft beer world, the Citra Hop.
White Mountain Gin is powerful and coniferous at first nose. Citrus is present, but it’s deep, bushy and boreal. I do get some distinctive hop character as well. A faint barley, base spirit aroma is there also.
Sipped, White Mountain Gin is flavorful and green. Citrus and camphoraceous herbs early. It becomes darker and greener. Pine resin, heavy spruce, a touch of cannabis, and grapefruit hops round things out.
The finish is long with camphoraceous undertones. Cooling without being mentholic, White Mountain Gin invokes an herbal flavor profile that is both dark and bright at the same time.
The distinctive point of view that deviates a bit from some of the traditional gin paths suggest that bartenders best approach White Mountain Gin as its own thing and not just use it in every gin cocktails.
The flavor profile pairs best with lime in my opinion. The Last Word and standard Gin and Tonic both stand out to me.
Consider White Mountain Gin as a savory pairing gin or a savory cocktail ingredient— perhaps as you would absinthe (but keeping in mind that’s just a metaphor, this tastes nothing like absinthe).
Overall, White Mountain Gin
White Mountain Gin is herbal, green, luscious and rich. It features hops without tasting like an IPA. It adds a mentholic and camphoraceous glow without being either mint or eucalyptus.
Overall, Tamworth Distilling’s White Mountain Gin is far greater than a sum of its parts. Albeit unusual, it’s going to find fans with those who like herbal, savory gins.