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April 2014 - Gin and Genever

April 2014 - Gin and Genever
This month's Spirits feature is Gin and Genever

Gin and Genever Reviews

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin
94 points
$36
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.
BelleWood Gin
94 points
$37
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.
Copperworks Distilling Company Gin
94 points
$38.95
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
Aria Portland Dry Gin
93 points
$23.95
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
Corsair Major Tom
93 points
$35
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.
CH Key Gin
92 points
$35
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.
Brothers Old Tom Gin
92 points
$37.50
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
New Deal Distillery Portland Dry Gin 33
90 points
$24.95
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
Xoriguer Gin-Mahón
90 points
$39.99
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
The London No 1 Gin
90 points
$40
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.
Ballast Point Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin
89 points
$25.99
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
CH London Dry Gin
89 points
$35
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.
Deerhammer Bullwheel Gin
88 points
$28
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.
Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin
88 points
$34.99
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
Corsair Barrel Aged Gin
88 points
$36
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.
Cardinal American Dry Gin
87 points
$29.95
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
Corsair Steampunk
87 points
$35
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.
Wishkah River Distillery Bulfinch 83 Gin
86 points
$34.89
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
Oola Waitsburg Barrel-Finished Gin
85 points
$48.95
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
Ballast Point Old Grove Gin
84 points
$25.99
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
Yahara Bay Barrel Mellowed Gin
84 points
$27
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.
River Rose Gin
84 points
$27.99
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
Vermont Spirits Coppers Gin
84 points
$28.99
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
New Deal Distillery Gin No. 1
84 points
$29.95
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
Cardinal Barrel Rested Cardinal Gin
84 points
$34.95
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
Quincy Street Distillery Old No. 176 Barrel Reserve Gin
84 points
$40
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.
Heritage Distilling Co. Soft Gin
83 points
$29
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.
Magnotta Distillery True Gin
80 points
$24.75
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
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