April 2013 - Gin and Genever

This month's Spirits feature is Gin and Genever
Gin and Genever Reviews
202257
Letherbee
Gin
Clear. Bright aromas suggest pickling spices, cardamom pastry, juniper blossoms and wildflowers with a vibrant, supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, candied ginger, anise seed, lemon, exotic peppercorns, paprika, and juniper candy driven finish. An absolutely delicious, super clean, and robustly flavorful gin for all applications.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201857
BOODLES
British Gin
Clear. Aromas of creamy porridge, lemon pastry, juniper, and spice with a plush satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, seamlessly nuanced finish with notes of lemongrass gelato, pink peppercorns, coriander and piney herbs. A fantastically flavorful and balanced gin that is sure to please the most discriminating palate.
93 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201647
London 40
London Dry Gin
Clear. Aromas of raisin toast, porcelain, dried citrus, juniper berry, and mild herbs with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, oily, pepper and citrus gelato finish accented finish. A delicious and refreshing gin for all applications.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201786
Leopold’s
Navy Strength American Gin
Aromas and flavors of powdered sugar, floral talc, grainy citrus pastry, silk, and juniper with a bold, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, zesty citrus, coriander, cardamom, cracked juniper berry, chalk, and herbal honey finish. A powerfully flavorful gin that demands attention. Try in barrel aged cocktails.
92 points $42.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201658
OXLEY
London Dry Gin
Clear. Delicate aromas of fruit gelatin and pepper-herb bread with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, lightly spicy and warming chalk accented finish. A very elegant, understated gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201767
New Holland Artisan Spirits
Knickerbocker Gin
Aromas of pepper jelly on pepper bread, ironed linen, and citrus gelatin with coriander, spices and herbs supporting nicely. Soft and supple with a dryish medium body and sweet anise pastry, mineral, and straw-like herbs on the finish. Nicely composed and balanced for martinis and craft cocktails.
91 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201366
Ebb+Flow
Gin
Clear. Bright aromas and flavors of coriander, anise, cardamom macaroon, herbal roots, and candied citrus with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, warming finish with honeyed citrus and melon sweetness and well integrated piney herbs. Very clean, stylish, and artfully made. Will be great in gin and tonics.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201738
New England Distilling
Ingenium Gin
Clear. Malt driven aromas and flavors of spicy berry pie, citrus gum, peppered cheese, and praline with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a warming sweet lemon cream, anise, cardamom, and floral pastry finish. Try on rocks or with fruity purees.
90 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201599
Bloom
Premium London Dry Gin
Clear. Mild aromas of raisin pepper bread, juniper blossom, anise, and cucumber with a glycerous, dryish medium-to-full body and delicate honey cream, peppercorn, mineral, and lemongrass accented finish. A nicely refined and understated gin for martinis.
89 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201654
Dark Corner Distillery
White Tiger Gin
Clear. Aromas of candied lemon, doughy pepper bread, spice and herbs with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, warming citrus sorbet, pepper, straw, and chalk finish. Excellent vibrancy of botanicals on a solid distillate base. Will be great in cocktails, especially a simple gin and tonic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201704
Journeyman Distillery
Bilberry Black Hearts Gin
Clear. Interesting aromas and flavors of anise cookie, berry custard tart, mixed peppercorns, and spice with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively, fruit, juniper, bread, powdered milk, and baking spice driven finish. A fun, fruity gin for crafty cocktails.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201717
Uncle Val’s
Botanical Gin
Clear. Very distinctive aromas of fresh honeyed orange and lemon zests lead followed by cucumber, juniper blossoms and delicate spices. Very soft and silky texture with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lemon oil and balm, pine, candied lilac, and peppery spice finish. Nice vibrancy and powerful citrus forward character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201692
Green Hat
Distilled Gin
Clear. Toasty aromas of lemon meringue and Key lime pies with a touch of pepper and spice. Satiny smooth with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and notes of coriander, anise, mint cookie, simple syrup, pine, and chalk. A fun, very smooth, fruity driven gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201682
Quincy Street Distillery
Old No. 176 American Gin
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Frosted pastry, peppered polenta, candied citrus, and anise seed aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a floral talc, candied violet, orange blossom mineral water accented finish. Lighter floral character will be good in martinis.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201672
Stillwater Spirits
American Gin
Aromas of toasted graham cracker and ginger snaps, licorice candy, melon and citrus sorbets have a whiff of adhesive and turpentine with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lemongrass, straw, sweet cream, pepper, and dusty mineral accented finish. Vibrant, rustic flavors that will be good to mix with, especially in punches.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201636
Clearheart
Premium Dry Gin
Aromas of slightly scorched linen and singed herbs, citrus gelatin, and floral soap with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a wave of citrus custard, peppercorns, and and grassy piney herbs. A solid mixing gin.
87 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201844
Myer Farm
Gin
Clear. Bold aromas of crusty peach and mincemeat pies with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy finish with notes of pepper bread, pine needles, lemon verbena, herbs, straw, and chalk. Very different in style with almost no juniper to speak of, but appealing on the rocks or with soda.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201426
Santa Fe Spirits
Wheeler's Western Dry Gin
Clear. Curious aromas of bbq potato chip, teriyaki, and roasted squash with a hint of herbs. Supple and glycerous with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a continuation of the bbq theme punctuated by mint, coriander, pine cones, and pepper jelly. Very different and really more of a flavored vodka than a gin; try in Bloody Marys.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201448
Opal Blue
Premium Dry Gin
Clear. Aromas of honeyed meringue, baked yams, ginseng candy, and spicy citrus custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mint cream, talc, dried lime, and agave syrup, pine, and peppercorn finish. Very little juniper character, more like a citrus flavored tequila, but quite mixable.
85 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201955
Wherskey
Gin
Silvery straw color. Interesting aromas of honey cream puff, praline, prom corsage, and banana custard pastry with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, lemongrass and straw, pine cone,accented finish. Very different and understated, barely a gin.
84 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201523
Piger Henricus
Gin
Clear. Pleasant mild citrus, chamomile jelly, nutmeg and other brown spice aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, warming citrus gelatin candy, coriander and peppery Asian spice driven finish. A solid, very appealing nouveau-styled gin for a broad range of cocktails.
84 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201690
Crater Lake
Gin
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of pine cone and needle, linen, spice, and Creme Anglaise with an off-dry medium body and a stale, hot, cream and dishrag like finish. Odd.
81 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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