April 2015 - Gin & Genever

This month's Spirits feature is Gin & Genever
Gin & Genever Reviews
209816
Rehorst
Barrel Reserve Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209829
Loyal
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209763
Master’s
London Dry Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209895
Cardinal
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209854
Azzurre
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209751
Opihr
Oriental London Dry Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209722
Langley’s
Distilled London Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210114
Vapor Distillery
Ginskey
Bright amber color. Bold, toasty, creamy aromas of banana salt water taffy, pecan pie, and peppercorn with a glycerous, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intriguing, long juniper, honeyed toast, caramelized fruit, and rich browns spices finish with moderate oak. An interesting and attractive melding of whisky and gin notes with a bitter liqueur like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209638
Santamania
London Dry Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209838
Monkey 47
Schwarzwald Dry Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209732
Oola
Barrel Finished Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210045
Oryza
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209742
Corsair
Genever
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209815
Rehorst
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210070
Death’s Door
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209748
G&J Greenall’s
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209817
Euphrosine
Gin #9
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209750
Swordsman
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209865
Heritage Distilling Co.
Elk Rider Crisp Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209765
Dry County Distillery
Distilled Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209749
Tann’s
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209851
Spirit Hound Distillers
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209696
Jasper’s
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209848
New Deal Distillery
Old Tom Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208397
Blaum Bros.
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209777
Waterloo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209866
Heritage Distilling Co.
Char Barrel Finished Soft Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209709
St. Augustine Distillery
New World Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209697
Jasper’s
Bourbon Barrel Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209434
Kirkland Signature
London Dry Gin
Clear color. Delicate, curious aromas of fancy herbal soap, lemon poppyseed muffin, pepper, and orange blossom honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, cheery juniper, coriander, honeyed citrus, and pine bark finish. A pleasant, roundly balanced gin.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209762
MG
Extra Dry Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209860
Mum’s Ruin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209755
Uncle Val’s
Restorative Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209587
Yukon
AuraGin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209840
Great Northern Distilling
Herbalist Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209754
Uncle Val’s
Peppered Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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