April 2014 - Gin and Genever

This month's Spirits feature is Gin and Genever
Gin and Genever Reviews
205792
Gin Mare
Mediterranean Gin
Clear. Wonderful aromas of spicy orange chai, carrot-zucchini cake, and a pine with a silky, dryish medium body and a oily cinnamon, clove, pepper, honeyed citrus zest, and potpourri finish. Delicious, distinctive, and vibrant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205963
BelleWood
Gin
Clear. Inviting aromas of fresh baked cinnamon rolls and lemon verbana jelly with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, juniper, lavender, citrus zest, and lemongrass finish. Delicious with great vibrancy for fall cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205660
Copperworks Distilling Company
Gin
Clear with a platinum cast. Very attractive and well meshed aromas of lemon-mint custard, juniper jelly, nougat, and grains of paradise with a silky, dry-yet-fruity and a vibrant, herb, floral, sweet and savory spice finish. Excellent flavor and balance.
94 points $38.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205811
Aria
Portland Dry Gin
Clear. Aromas of spicy pastry, orange gelatin, grains of paradise, and delicate floral pine blossoms with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming sweet cream, dried fruit, honeyed juniper, lilac, and earth accented finish. A lovely gin for sipping neat, in a martini, or on the rocks.
93 points $23.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205940
Corsair
Major Tom
Brassy yellow color. Aromas of carrot cake, marinated cucumber, orange marmalade, and spiced nuts with supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a dusty cinnamon, vanilla nougat, cola, and peppery spice finish. Flavorful and a great choice for fall and winter cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205739
CH
Key Gin
Clear. Aromas of citrus gelatin, juniper jelly, peach pastry, lavender oil and suede with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a violet candy, peppercorn, herb, creamy horchata, and sweet spice finish. A very flavorful, balanced and nuanced, fruit forward nouveau-styled gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205888
Brothers
Old Tom Gin
Clear color. Aromas of cinnamon raisin brand muffin, lemon marmalade, nut brittle, nutmeg, and delicate herbs with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a pleasant peppery warmth on the juniper jelly finish. A quite tasty, balanced, and super mixable.
92 points $37.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205948
New Deal Distillery
Portland Dry Gin 33
Clear with a silvery cast. Mild aromas of sage, mint leaf, nuts and bark with a silky, dryish medium body and a racy pepper, marinated root vegetable, lemon honey tea, grass, and mineral finish. A a clean, nouveau styled gin.
90 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205472
Xoriguer
Gin-Mahón
Clear with a platinum cast. Very distinctive aromas of lemongrass, verbena, juniper, dried oil paint, and dusty cedar with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a well integrated, peppery spice, creamy vanilla nougat, mint, and earth accented finish. An artfully composed gin that will shine in craft cocktails.
90 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205780
The London No 1
Gin
Pretty silvery powder blue color. Delicate aromas of powdered nut pastry, anise, date custard, and pinecone with a supple, dryish medium-full body and a gently warming sweet baking spices, pepper, lemon, and juniper gelato accented finish. A very smooth and stylish gin for martinis and clever cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205769
Ballast Point
Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin
Bright pale gold color. Interesting aromas of bbq potato chip, toasted nut brittle, leather, and a hint of jerky with a silky, dryish medium body and a raisin rye toast, almond milk, saffron, and sweet and pepper spice. An interesting savory and spicy aged gin that seems to be evolving into some sort of rye-like whisky. Will be fun to mix with.
89 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205740
CH
London Dry Gin
Clear. Aromas of cream puff pastry, citrus marmalade, rosemary, lemon pepper, and saffron with a supple, dryish medium body and a honeyed juniper, peppercorn, lavender candy, and horchata accented finish. Very tasty and flavor packed.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206045
Deerhammer
Bullwheel Gin
Clear. Aromas of star anise, herbal lozenge, citrus rind, and grains of paradise with a silky, dryish medium body and a warming mint cream, lilac, pine needle, menthol, and lemongrass accented finish. A pleasant lighter style gin with a mellow, floral juniper character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206147
Caorunn
Small Batch Scottish Gin
Clear. Grainy aromas of pepper bread, lime leaf, aloe, and orange peel with a supple, dryish medium body and a barley husk, lemon pepper, and chalk accented finish. A nice dry gin for martinis.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205939
Corsair
Barrel Aged Gin
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of spicy eggnog and cinnamon rolls with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and gentle, juniper, peppercorn, cedar and coriander nuanced finish. Very pleasant, despite the unattractive appearance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205978
Cardinal
American Dry Gin
Clear. Interesting aroma of spearmint gum, Indian spice cake, and pepper with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried flower, carrot cake, and herb finish. Nice vibrancy and unique flavors.
87 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205941
Corsair
Steampunk
Clear with a lattice of fine white particles. Bold aromas of cherry wood smoked sausage, herb, and peppercorns with a supple, dryish medium-full body and a brazen finish with notes of singed spices, medicinal bark, menthol mint tobacco, and char roasted citrus and ham hocks. A wild ride of flavors for daredevil cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206083
Wishkah River Distillery
Bulfinch 83 Gin
Clear. Aromas of cinnamon-lemon cookie, menthol mint, pungent herbs and roots, and white pepper with a soft, dryish medium body and a lemon-juniper jelly, coriander, pepper, and mineral finish. A crafty gin for artisanal cocktails.
86 points $34.89
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205764
Oola
Waitsburg Barrel-Finished Gin
Pale golden color. Aromas of cola soda, mint toffee, vanilla spice cake, and pepper with a soft dryish medium body and a honeyed rye toast, creamy nougat, pinecone, and dried flower accented finish. A good spirit, but the gin character is somewhat lost in the whisky barrel.
85 points $48.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205768
Ballast Point
Old Grove Gin
Clear. Neutral nose barely suggests cream of wheat, turmeric, and saffron, with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a hint of rosemary honey on toast, dried citrus, pinecone, and chalk on the breezy finish. Not a lot of gin character here, more of a crossover gin for vodka drinkers
84 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206016
Yahara Bay
Barrel Mellowed Gin
Yellow straw color. Mild aromas of nougat, coconut, sassafras candy, and a touch of latex with a supple, dryish medium body and a zesty juniper, pepper, citrus and leather accented finish. Finishes strong, try in gin and tonics.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205912
River Rose
Gin
Clear. Aromas of licorice gum, white balsamic marinated pears, pepper muffin and a whiff of latex with a satiny, dryish medium body and a mint-herb lozenge, grass, and white pepper accented finish.
84 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205855
Vermont Spirits
Coppers Gin
Clear. Aromas of anise-almond cookie, hot cocoa with cream, and faint lemon chiffon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pepper, cardamom, and herb accented finish. More of a genever in style.
84 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205949
New Deal Distillery
Gin No. 1
Pal golden straw color. Aromas of balsa wood, toasted meringue, faint dried oregano, pressed linen, and peppered nuts with a silky, dryish medium body and a chalk, lemon powder, anise, pepper, pine saw dust finish.
84 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205979
Cardinal
Barrel Rested Cardinal Gin
Golden amber color. Intense and dense aromas of carrot skin, sweet pickle relish, sandalwood incense, spiced whole nuts, smoked venison jerky, mincemeat and leather with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a bright anise cookie, juniper, cedar, dried citrus, custard, and lavender talc finish. Quite a roller coasted of flavors, will play well in flips or tonics.
84 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205971
Quincy Street Distillery
Old No. 176 Barrel Reserve Gin
Pale golden color. Aromas of raisin bran muffin, granola, coconut, and malt chocolate toffee with supple, dryish medium body and a grainy, peppery spice, and herb accented finish. Different, but interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206043
Heritage Distilling Co.
Soft Gin
Very pale silvery straw color. Aromas of pickling spices, mole, apple cider, and herb bread have a whiff of acetone with a lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a penetrating medicinal herb and fuel-like mineral finish Quite an intense spirit and not presenting much like a gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206209
Magnotta Distillery
True Gin
Faint, dusty aromas of rubber balloon and old scone with a dry light body and an inert Styrofoam, musty dried fruit, and chalk finish. Totally insipid and un-gin-like, more of a vodka.
80 points $24.75
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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