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April 2015 - Gin & Genever

April 2015 - Gin & Genever
This month's Spirits feature is Gin & Genever

Gin & Genever Reviews

Rehorst Barrel Reserve Gin
95 points
$39
Light gold color. Bright, attractive aromas of spumoni gelato, egg nog, and mint cookie with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long brown spices, juniper and lemon candy, pepper, and cedar finish with light oak. A spot on barrel aged gin that balances creamy spicy oak and sweet citrus and juniper notes brilliantly.
Loyal Gin
94 points
$29.99
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of horchata, spicy nougat, horehound candy, and grassy herbs with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long juniper, peppercorns, and citrus honey cream finish. A very, supple and well integrated gin that will mix brilliantly.
94 points $29.99
Master’s London Dry Gin
93 points
$29
Clear color. Delicate, creamy, spicy aromas of lavender, brown spices, and pinecone with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length juniper, coriander custard, pink pepper, and wet stone finish. A rock solid gin for all occasions.
Cardinal Gin
93 points
$30
Gin
Clear color. Lively, interesting, spicy aromas of dill pickle, spicy zucchini bread, and fig cookie with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long juniper and creamy spiced chai finish. A fun and exotically flavor gin that will be great for experimental and Asian themed cocktails.
Azzurre Gin
93 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas of juniper, dried citrus, lavender, and pepper dust with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long creamy lemon curd and chalk finish. A vibrant melange of fruit and juniper notes that will pop well in cocktails.
93 points $32.99
Opihr Oriental London Dry Gin
93 points
$34.99
Clear color. Rich, citrusy, herbal aromas of fresh juniper blossoms, menthol-mint, herbal bark and roots, and earl grey tea with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, elegant, long pepper dust, wet stone, and anise cream finish. A powerhouse of flavor with a refined balance.
93 points $34.99
Langley’s Distilled London Gin
93 points
$42
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, fruity aromas of spicy zucchini bread, juniper jelly, and pine sap with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, easy orange blossom honey, dried flowers and fruits, and sweet cream finish. A delicious femininely style gin will be a great transition into the category.
Santamania London Dry Gin
93 points
$42.67
Clear color. Delicate, attractive aromas of spicy panettone, lemon honey tea, and lemon meringue pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length orange sorbet, lemon pepper, juniper, and minerals finish. A nice mild gin that is sure to please.
93 points $42.67
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
93 points
$44.99
Clear color. Delicate, interesting aromas of ginger snaps, key lime pie, cedar spice rack, and yams with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, long honeyed juniper, kumquat marmalade, pine, and mentho-mint finish. A superbly flavorful and versatile with great purity and length.
93 points $44.99
Oola Barrel Finished Gin
93 points
$48.95
Clear slivery straw color. Bright, fruity, interesting aromas of peach granola, 7-up float, and white chocolate mint cookie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long lemon pepper, candied spiced nuts, vanilla cola, and fruit punch powder finish. A harmonious marriage of creamy oak and fruity, spicy, and herbal gin notes.
93 points $48.95
Oryza Gin
92 points
$25
Gin
Clear color. Lively, attractive, fruity aromas of warm mincemeat pie, delicate roots and barks, and pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long creamy tapioca, citrus marmalade, and peppercorn finish. A distinctive nouveau style gin with light juniper and attractive fruity, spicy notes.
Corsair Genever
92 points
$35
Clear color. Lively, spicy, fruity aromas of brown spices, mincemeat, herbs, and dried citrus with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long juniper, menthol-mint, and pepper jelly finish with no tannins. A lively and flavorful genever that drinks like a juniper forward nouveau gin.
Rehorst Gin
91 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Mild, inviting aromas of Fannie Mae peppermint bark, kaffir lime, honey cream, and delicate spice with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long citrus jelly, menthol mint lozenge, pepper, and chalk finish. A superbly flavorful and nuanced gin that will be very versatile.
Death’s Door Gin
90 points
Gin
Clear color. Mild, interesting aromas of fruit stripe gum, pepper jelly, rubber cement, and tea with a supple, off-dry medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length sweet spice pudding, black licorice, herbal bark, and pepper dust finish. A brawny, barky gin for gin and tonics and especially negronis.
G&J Greenall’s Gin
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Gin
Clear color. Mild aromas of lemon herb muffin and cream with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long white blossoms, peppery spices, orange-juniper candy, and sandalwood finish. A refined and stylish gin with a mild juniper profile and a great texture.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Euphrosine Gin #9
89 points
$30
Clear color. Rich, attractive aromas of toasted graham cracker, spicy cucumber relish, peppercorn medley, and wood sap with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length juniper and candied citrus peels finish. A clean, nicely made gin that is sure to please.
Swordsman Gin
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, woody aromas of pine tree, forest floor, and honeyed peppercorns with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sweet custard, juniper, pepper dust, and chalk finish. An elegant and nuanced gin that will be great in martinis.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Heritage Distilling Co. Elk Rider Crisp Gin
88 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Bold, piney, medicinal aromas of pine sap and cone, herb sprouts, turpentine, and polished wood with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long citrus gelato, pepper, and tree bark finish. A brash, piney gin will punch through any cocktail.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Dry County Distillery Distilled Gin
88 points
$22.50
Clear color. Lively, interesting aromas of Thai cucumber salad, lemon blossom, pine sap, and rubber leaf with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long rose water, marinated cucumber, and juniper berries finish. A very herbal and woodsy gin for savory cocktails.
88 points $22.50
Tann’s Gin
88 points
$27.99
Gin
Clear color. Mild, curious aromas of spic and span, fancy lemon soap, lime rind, and cream with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length lemon gelato, spiced melon, and pepper finish. A citrusy gin for mixing.
88 points $27.99
Spirit Hound Distillers Gin
88 points
$33
Gin
Clear color. Lively, interesting aromas of gingerbread, marinated cucumbers, and wood sap with a glycerous, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-long creamy horchata and herbs finish. A distinctive, spice forward gin that will be nice in wintery and egg white cocktails.
Jasper’s Gin
88 points
$34
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, fruity, grainy aromas of raisin bran and spiced pecan brittle with a silky, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long black licorice, peppercorns, nutskin, and molasses finish. A grain forward gin reminiscent of genever.
New Deal Distillery Old Tom Gin
88 points
$34.95
Golden amber color. Lively, malty, woody aromas of cedar pencil, caramelized nuts, sarsaparilla float, and pickling spices with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long lemongrass, herbal tea, and pepper finish with moderate oak. A solid barrel aged gin that drinks like a young whisky, mix as such.
88 points $34.95
Blaum Bros. Gin
88 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, peppery aromas of peppered rye bread and green herbs with a even, crisp, petillant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long citrus custard, nougat, pink pepper, and good and plenty candy finish. A tasty, straightforward gin with a punchy finish.
Waterloo Gin
87 points
$19.99
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, interesting aromas of herb raisin baguette, forest floor, and raw nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long juniper, graham cracker, and orange pepper finish. A earthy, herbal gin with a nice slap of juniper and citrus.
87 points $19.99
Heritage Distilling Co. Char Barrel Finished Soft Gin
87 points
$20
Brilliant slivery straw color. Delicate, unusual, sweet aromas of caramelized roasted nuts, graham cracker, and nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long citrus raisin spice cake, anise cookie, pepper, and maple finish with light oak. A very tasty and appealing barrel aged gin with delicate herbal juniper notes.
St. Augustine Distillery New World Gin
87 points
$32
Clear color. Mild, inviting, floral aromas of nuts and earth with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-long juniper, pepper jelly, dried lemon, and brown spices finish. A zesty, punchy gin for cocktails.
Jasper’s Bourbon Barrel Gin
87 points
$38
Clear slivery straw color. Bright, spicy aromas of licorice candy, rye cinnamon raisin toast, and honeycomb with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long fig newton, white pepper, roasted walnuts, and minerals finish with light oak. A interesting licorice leaning gin for adventurous cocktails.
MG Extra Dry Gin
86 points
$20
Clear color. Delicate, typical aromas of rye bread pudding, juniper, pine bark, and pepper with a even, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, fast lemon custard and chalk finish. A balanced, pleasant gin that will mix well.
Mum’s Ruin Gin
86 points
$29.99
Gin
Clear color. Bright, spicy, earthy aromas of juniper, pine bark, and candied fruits with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length citrus gelato, pepper jelly, and minerals finish. A sturdy gin that will stand up to cocktails.
86 points $29.99
Uncle Val’s Restorative Gin
85 points
$39
Clear color. Delicate, interesting aromas of fruit stripe gum, wet pine bark, and herbal soap with a silky, crisp, off-dry medium body and a warming, charming, carefree rose water candy, orange wax candy, pepper jelly, and juniper finish. An interesting, uniquely styled gin with a lot of sweet fruit and floral tones.
Yukon AuraGin
84 points
$34.99
Clear color. Bright, interesting, exotic aromas of papaya-pineapple custard, almond berry cookie, and spiced melon with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length orange blossom water, horchata, pink pepper, and herbs finish. A decidedly different, fruit forward gin with a very soft brush of juniper; this will appeal to vodka drinkers.
84 points $34.99
Great Northern Distilling Herbalist Gin
84 points
$36
Clear color. Delicate, oily, buttery aromas of banana buttercream, vanilla scented candle, show polish, and coconut cream with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length juniper jelly, hot pepper, and sweet creamy custard finish. An unusually creamy and tropically flavored gin.
Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin
84 points
$39
Slivery straw color. Curious aromas of bbq jerky, chocolate coffee beans, and spiced nuts with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, quirky, breezy herbal lozenge and white cigar ash finish. A curiously smoky gin (that tastes a lot like a mezcal coffee liqueur) for daredevil cocktails.
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