August 2012 - Gin & Genever

This month's Spirits feature is Gin & Genever
Gin & Genever Reviews
199593
Roundhouse
Imperial Barrel Aged Gin
Pale golden amber color. Complex spicy aromas and flavors of violet and clove candies, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks with a layer of vanilla-banana custard pastry and floral juniper blossoms. Supple and dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a long, interplay of peppery spices, candied citrus peels, caramel, herbs, floral talc, and grassy earth. An impressive, impressionistic tone poem of floral herbal gin and spicy oak barrel notes.
94 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199012
Few
Barrel Aged Gin
Bright pale amber color. Aromas of pickling spice, acacia honey, spicy roasted apples and pears, and pineapple bread with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, interplay of spices, herbs, pine, dried fruits, and flowers. Beautiful and delicious bourbon notes. A whisky lover’s gin for sipping or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198859
Beefeater
London Dry Gin
Clear. Vibrant aromas of citrus custard pastry, juniper and citrus blossoms, and exotic peppercorns with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, highly polished interplay of juniper, pepper, anise powdered sugar, dried citrus and grassy herbs, and minerals. Classic.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198935
Blade
Rusty Blade Barrel Aged Gin
Copper color. Bright spicy mincemeat pie aromas and flavors with a zesty, fruity medium-to-full body and a candied citrus, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, and pink peppercorn finish. A vivacious, lively aged gin.
93 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198801
Fifty Pounds
London Dry Gin
Clear. Bright aromas of bay leaf, tarragon, juniper, pepper and citrus jam with a glycerous, dryish medium-to-full body and a clean powdered sugar, lemon pepper jelly and baking spices finish. Clean, fun, and flavorful.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199383
Edinburgh
Gin
Clear. Aromas of peppery ginger bread, juniper blossoms, and faint dried citrus with a silky, dryish medium body and a smooth citrus custard, anise, pink peppercorn marmalade, cucumber, rose water, and mineral finish. Nice delicate complexity and style. A super gin and tonic gin.
92 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198922
Citadelle
Gin
Clear. Layered aromas of honeyed juniper, citrus jelly, delicate herb muffin, and root botanicals with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely balanced pepper, chalk, floral honeycomb, and grassy herb driven finish. Well crafted, rock solid, and very pliable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199527
Sloane’s
Dry Gin
Clear. Bright aromas of citrus pastries, juniper blossoms, and sweet spices with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a lingering, peppery citrus powder, toasted grain, and wet stone finish. An elegant, well crafted gin for all applications.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198861
Plymouth
Gin
Clear. Aromas and flavors of peppered cucumber, sweet custard, fresh herbs, lemon verbena, and vibrant juniper jelly with a satiny dryish medium body and a seamless, warming, white clay, pepper, pine, root and grassy herb accented finish. A classically styled, juniper forward gin for all cocktail applications.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198303
Diep 9
Young Grain Genever
Clear. Pleasant lightly fruity aromas of candied lemon and orange, cream puff, and delicate spices with a silky, fruity light body and a gentle, powdered sugar, juniper jelly, and spice accented finish. A very appealing, clean and fruit driven genever.
91 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198889
Aviation
Gin
Clear. Interesting aromas of peppery ancho chile bbq rub, pine, paprika, and pepper cheese bread with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a citrus marmalade, spice, and mint jelly accented finish. Very tasty and different. Try in Bloody Marys.
90 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198860
Beefeater
24 London Dry Gin
Clear. Aromas of toasty orange bread, anise cookie, pine cone, honeycomb and faint lemon tea with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, zesty, cream, root and bark, celery root and peppercorn finish. Very tasty and lively; will be great in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198799
Genevieve
Gin
Clear. Aromas of flour, frosted pastries, peppercorns, and fig jam with a soft, silky dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, spicy, juniper, menthol and mineral finish. Softens up nicely with a touch of water.
90 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198815
Waterloo
Texas-Style Gin
Clear. Delicate aromas of citrus pastry, delicate juniper, herbal honeycomb, and anise cookie with a fruity medium body and a warming herbal bark, pepper jelly, and powdered sugar finish. A nice zesty gin for cocktails.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198838
BULLDOG
London Dry Gin
Clear. Aromas of mild pickling and bbq spices, peppered cucumber and melon rind, and citrus custard with a satiny smooth, dryish medium body and a very clean, even and balanced finish with notes of dried fruits, fresh herbs, talc, and pine needles. Well crafted, stylish, and will be a hit with those new to gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198936
Right
Gin
Clear. Aromas of fresh cracked black pepper, orange sorbet, and honeyed caraway rye toast with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a creamy, floral talc, and dried lemon-lime peel finish. Very soft, clean, and feminine; martinis only.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199013
Few
Standard Issue Gin
Clear. Grainy bread crust, pannatone, pickling spices, and delicate juniper blossom aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and very warm, lightly medicinal herb, candied citrus, dusty gravel, and peppery spice finish. A genever-like gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198816
Tub 111
Gin
Clear. Aromas of mincemeat pie, gingerbread, juniper and anise seed with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, candied citrus peel, pepper dust, and mineral finish.
87 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198409
Warwick
Rustic Gin
Clear. Aromas of yellow pepper, cucumber skin, incense, thyme honey and pine sap with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle, coriander, fresh herb, citrus lozenge and peppery spice finish. A pleasant gin for sipping on the rock or cocktails.
86 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198302
Diep 9
Old Grain Genever
Bright golden yellow color. Yeasty, freshly kneaded pastry dough, English cider, and crushed nut aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a caramel custard, spice, and honeyed grain husk finish.
85 points $48.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198925
Spirits of St. Louis
Regatta Bay Gin
Clear. Curious aromas of plastic Pez candy dispenser, dried lemon, and bees wax with a limp, dilute off-dry light body and a pink peppercorn jelly, lavender gum, fruit powder drink, and potpourri like finish. Different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198646
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Lilly Pilly Gin
Silvery pink color. Aromas of watermelon, dried cassis, and honey syrup with a soft, dry light body and a warming dried tropical flower, chalk, chewed mint gum, berry granita and peppery spice finish. Odd and not gin-like at all.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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