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April 2016 - Gin & Genever

April 2016 - Gin & Genever
This month's Spirits feature is Gin & Genever

Gin & Genever Reviews

Frey Ranch Gin
97 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Bold, pungent, piney complex aromas and flavors of pine sap, lacquer, dried flowers, and smoked pepper and campfire fire with a creamy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long pine needle, honeyed juniper, and chalk finish. An amazingly powerful and intense gin with 3D fresh piney juniper flavors.
97 points $32.99
Cotswolds Dry Gin
97 points
$43.99
Brilliant clear color. Bold, citrusy aromas of lemon oil and cream, piney juniper, herb melange, and turpentine and pine sol with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, cheery nut flour, pepper dust, wet limestone, and key lime zest finish. An intense old world style gin packed with flavor for the boldest of cocktails.
97 points $43.99
J. Rieger & Company Midwestern Dry Gin
95 points
$29.99
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, green aromas and flavors of fresh herbs, toasted peppercorns and nuts, and delicate piney juniper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length citrus custard, anise candy, minerals, and floral honey on granola finish. A silky, nuanced gin with fine flavor and elegant balance.
95 points $29.99
Atomic Master Distillers Explosive Strength Gin
95 points
$49.95
Clear color. Complex aromas and flavors of coated licorice candy, lemon poppyseed muffin, piney resinous herbs, and warm milk and honey with an oily, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, very long cracked peppercorns, fresh juniper, honeyed spice cake, and dried stone and citrus fruits finish. A powerfully delicious, expertly crafted, overproof gin with surprising smoothness and nuance.
95 points $49.95
No. 209 Gin
94 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Bright, citrusy, herbal aromas of lemon-orange marmalade, cinnamon spice cake, herbal honey, and pink pepper with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long juniper jelly, lime custard, and minerals finish. A vivacious, wonderful balanced, citrusy gin for all applications.
Elephant Gin London Dry Gin
94 points
$37.95
Clear color. Lively, green, herbal complex aromas and flavors of lemon grass and coriander, menthol mint, dried citrus and berries, and cola with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long resinous juniper, sweet and peppery spices, creamy berry bread pudding, and dried flower and chalk finish. A vivacious, multilayered gin with a great range and integration of flavors.
94 points $37.95
Bardenay London Style Dry Gin
93 points
$27.95
Clear color. Delicate, attractive, spicy aromas of licorice and citrus sorbet with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length honeyed juniper, orange spice cake, and pepper finish. A vivacious and finely balanced London dry with great honeyed juniper flavor.
93 points $27.95
Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin
93 points
$29.99
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, fruity spicy aromas and flavors of cherry cola, spicy cranberry nut bread, toasted herbs and sesame, and pine sap and needle with an even, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, complex, long dusty juniper, sweet spicy berry custard, pepper, and earth finish. A rich, well-structured gin with an attractive creamy center.
93 points $29.99
Juniper Green Gin
93 points
$30
Gin
Clear color. Bright, citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon pepper and custard, floral herbs, honeyed juniper, and minerals with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long pepper and tangerine finish. A clean, pure, vibrant gin with a good balance of fruit, herbal juniper, and spice.
Long Road Distillers Gin
93 points
$34.99
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of orange gelatin candy, lemon sorbet, and lime leaves with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, captivating, breezy lemon verbena, juniper, dried berries, and fine chalk finish. A silky, nicely polished gin with a resinous juniper center for elegant cocktails.
93 points $34.99
Zephyr Elderberry Black London Dry Gin
93 points
$34.99
Clear color. Lively, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of alpine herb lozenge, berry custard, and lemon and orange blossoms with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long Buddha’s hand, bergamot, juniper jelly on raisin toast, and pink pepper and chalk finish. A wonderful melange of fruit, herb, and floral tones that will be fun to mix with.
93 points $34.99
Hat Trick Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$35.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Delicate, nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of peanut and cashew brittles, toasted meringue, whole grain raisin baguette, and dusty herbs and pepper with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length raisin barn in cream, spice cake, citrus custard, and honeyed juniper finish. A very tasty and appealing barrel-aged gin that hits all the right notes.
93 points $35.99
De Borgen Old Style Genever
93 points
$39.99
Pale golden yellow slivery straw color. Delicate, artificial, grainy aromas and flavors of raisin bran, grain flour, cashew brittle, and straw with a soft, fruity medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-long mossy earth, minerals, honeyed radish, and chili pepper finish. A very lively and stimulating genever with a peppery snap.
93 points $39.99
Jackelope & Jenny Pear Gin
92 points
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe Bartlett pear and honey cream with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length lemon poppyseed muffin finish. A fun, pure pear flavored gin with low juniper character for vodka drinkers.
Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Gin
92 points
$24.99
Pale clear color. Bright, hot, herbal minerally peppery aromas and flavors of licorice soufflé, date bread, and dried flowers with a glycerous, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length almond milk, praline, panettone, and violet gum finish. A smooth, delicate gin that will be quite versatile.
92 points $24.99
TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin
92 points
$28.95
Brilliant clear color. Muted, chemical aromas of baked honeycomb, pecan meringue pie, fresh tarragon and bark, and pine sap with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long citrus custard, honeyed juniper, almond milk and honey, and minerals finish. A rich, honeyed gin with forest-y center that will be great for creative cocktails.
92 points $28.95
Bols Genever
92 points
$34.99
Clear color. Mild, grainy aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran and pastry dough with a silky, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length nut and juniper oil, candied violets, dried citrus, and mixed peppercorns finish. A classically styled, mellow and elegant genever for sipping.
92 points $34.99
True Born Gin - The Belgian Wheat Act
92 points
$35
Clear color. Delicate, fruity, toasty herbal aromas and flavors of granola and raisin bran, sweet and peppery spices, flowers, and candied piney herbs with an even, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, orange marmalade and gelatin, juniper jam, and pink peppercorn finish. A robust, fruity genever with lots of spicy yeast and grain character.
D. George Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin
92 points
$40
Clear color. Bright, minty, vegetal overripe piney aromas and flavors of chocolate mint cookie, alpine herbs, and spiced nuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long anise cream, delicate juniper and herbs, peppermint oil, and matcha finish. A fun, cooling, minty gin.
De Borgen Malt Genever
92 points
$44.99
Pale amber color. Bright, grassy, creamy aromas and flavors of cereal in milk, cherry-cranberry bread dough, and figs with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length flour, minerals, and pepper finish. A warming, mellow, whisky-like barrel-aged genever for cocktails.
92 points $44.99
Broker’s London Dry Gin
91 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Faint, floral aromas of herb nut muffin, powdered honey, and tropical and chamomile tea with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy orange spice cake, licorice, pepper, and chalk finish. A rock solid gin with a fine balance of juniper, herbs and fruit.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy
Woody Creek Colorado Gin
91 points
$34.99
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, complex aromas and flavors of spicy fruit and carrot cakes, salty peppery bbq rub, honeyed herb toast, and potpourri with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length rose and orange blossom water, earl grey tea, pine needle, and nougat finish. A flavor-packed gin with great balance and style.
91 points $34.99
Grand Traverse Distillery Small Batch Botanical Gin
91 points
$35
Clear color. Lively, green, citrusy peppery aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, nougat, delicate herbs and spices, and cucumber and orange with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, captivating, relaxed honeyed juniper and citrus and pine and cedar finish. A very smooth and elegantly styled gin with nice nuances of flavor.
Victoria Gin
91 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Bright, creamy, nutty grainy aromas of butter pecan ice cream, toasted spice cake, and salt water taffy with a velvety, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long herbal honey on raisin rye baguette, toasted herbs, junipers, and pepper finish. A powerful, dimensional gin with a superb spicy grain foundation.
Diplôme Dry Gin Original 1945 Recipe
91 points
$36
Clear color. Lively, green, herbal grainy aromas and flavors of resinous pine bark and mulch, herb bread, pepper, and fennel with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long honeyed juniper, dried citrus peels, and dusty roots finish. A lovely, complex, and elegant gin with evolving layers of botanicals and spice.
3 Howls Old Fashioned Gin
90 points
$19.50
Clear color. Bold, herbal aromas and flavors of juniper jelly, coriander spice cake, star anise, and mixed peppercorns with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, captivating, long honeyed citrus, herbal roots, minty, and chalk finish. A richly spicy and herbal gin that will pop well in cocktails.
90 points $19.50
Gin Lane 1751 Old Tom Gin
90 points
$24.99
Clear color. Rich, complex, curious floral green aromas and flavors of anise seed, warm milk and honey, and hint of peppermint vanilla bark with a glycerous, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long spicy flan, honeycomb, pepper, and dried herbs and straw finish. A subtle, not-too-sweet Old Tom gin.
90 points $24.99
McHenry Barrel Aged Gin
90 points
$30
Slivery straw color. Lively, attractive, spicy creamy aromas and flavors of spiced meringue and nougat, coconut creme brulee, peach scone, and floral juniper with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long sarsaparilla float, white chocolate graham crackers, peppercorns, and delicate herbs finish. A delicious, harmonious marriage of fruity gin and creamy spicy oak.
Gemblue Gin
90 points
$43
Gin
Clear color. Bold, interesting, nutty aromas of cashew brittle, bread dough, nut and mineral oils, and pepper dust with a satiny, shy, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length juniper jelly, dried flowers and stone fruits, piney herbs, and spice cream finish. A very elegant and restrained gin for sophisticated cocktails, particularly flips.
Crown Valley Distillery Washtub Gin
89 points
$24.95
Clear color. Lively, vaporous aromas and flavors of shellac, pine resin, pickled melon, and guava and passion fruit with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length juniper, peppercorns, honeyed citrus, and chalk finish. A wild and wooly gin for spirit forward cocktails.
89 points $24.95
3 Howls Navy Strength Gin
89 points
$25
Best Buy
Clear color. Curious aromas and flavors of spicy pickle juice and teriyaki sauce, white pepper, pine needle, and hint of lacquer with a velvety, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, long menthol mint lozenge, macerated citrus, hot peppers, and cola float finish. A solid overproof gin we good balanced and some interesting twists.
89 points $25 Best Buy
De Borgen New Style Genever
89 points
$29.99
Clear color. Delicate, interesting aromas of sweet pickle, fig and lemon paste, and bbq spices with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length vanilla mint yogurt, macadamia nougat, anise, and cajeta finish. A fun, flavor ride of a genever for lively cocktails.
89 points $29.99
Zephyr Gin
89 points
$31.99
Gin
Clear color. Bright, candied, fruity aromas and flavors of fruit stripe gum and berry bubblegum, orange blossom honey on hawaiian bread, and fruit cocktail with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length toasted herb muffin, creamy nougat, dusty straw and juniper, and cough syrup finish. An inviting fruit-centric gin with enough stuffing to appeal to a wide range of palates.
89 points $31.99
Elephant Gin German Sloe Gin
89 points
$37.95
Cloudy garnet color. Delicate, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy pie crust, sour cherry compote, and chocolate berries with a lightly tannic, crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length herbs, peppercorns, berry tea, and medicinal roots and bark finish. A well made sloe gin with a nice pepper finish.
89 points $37.95
Jackelope & Jenny Aged Pear Gin
88 points
Pale golden straw color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of Bartlett pear cider and pie and delicate spices with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, compelling, breezy peppery spices, pear custard, and honeyed herb muffin finish. A very pear flavored gin for summer cocktails.
BULLDOG Gin
88 points
$18
Best Buy
Gin
Clear color. Muted, fruity aromas and flavors of mango-papaya relish, spiced kiwi and melon, and tapioca with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a graceful, swift citrus powder and cream, lemon-cranberry scone, confectioner’s sugar, and rose water finish. A pleasant easy-drinking fruity gin that will appeal to vodka drinkers.
88 points $18 Best Buy
Balfour Street Gin
88 points
$20.99
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, floral, grassy aromas and flavors of lemon verbena and basil, lemon pudding cake, fruit loops, and pickled melon with a silky, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length candied violets, earl grey tea with cream, and minerals finish. A bright, punchy gin with nice lemon and pepper notes that will cut through in cocktails.
88 points $20.99
Lola y Vera Gin
88 points
$25.99
Gin
Clear color. Bright, grainy, earthy aromas and flavors of wet paint, pepper, dusty grain husk, and cucumber and celery skins with a satiny, shy, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, uncommon, brisk chalk eraser, wheat germ and bran, and juniper muffin finish. A very light and mellow, genever style gin.
88 points $25.99
Rogue Spirits Pink Spruce Gin
88 points
$35.15
Brilliant light gold peach color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of pickled tomato, cantaloupe, peach tea and sorbet, and gingerbread with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, breezy spiced nuts, licorice, nougat, and dried fruit finish. A fun, delicate spicy barrel-aged gin.
88 points $35.15
Blackfish Giffords Gin
88 points
$37.48
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, creamy aromas and flavors of frosted graham crackers, citrus custard, cinnamon spiced nuts, and floral honey with a glycerous, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed white pepper, cherry gelatin and gum, rose water, and minerals finish. A light and mellow sipping gin.
88 points $37.48
Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Gin
87 points
$24.99
Clear silvery orange pink color. Lively, attractive aromas of fruitcake, delicate herbs and pepper, and pinecone with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy spicy bread pudding, licorice, and dried citrus finish. A pleasant, fruity, easy drinking gin for colorful cocktails.
87 points $24.99
Whistling Andy Gin
87 points
$25
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of fresh warm granola and thai cucumber salad with a supple, shy, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length baklava, pink pepper, wet stones, and candied violet finish. A mildly flavored yet peppery gin for crossover vodka drinkers and spring cocktails.
Finn’s Gin
87 points
$29.99
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, attractive, grainy aromas and flavors of nut pastry, powdered citrus, brown spices, and graham cracker with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, buoyant candied lemon and coriander, powdered sugar, juniper, and pepper finish. A solid gin with a nice combination of grain, fruitiness, and spice.
87 points $29.99
Rendle’s Original Gin
87 points
$30
Dark pink color. Bright, spicy aromas of licorice, Indian spices, and flowers with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, breezy berry gum and cream, dried citrus, and floral talc finish. A pleasant, easy drinking gin.
Rogue Spirits Spruce Gin
87 points
$35.15
Brilliant clear color. Mild, curious, savory vegetal aromas of pickled green tomato, roasted eggplant, lemon pepper, and raspberry nonpareil with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length citrus marmalade on wafer, wheatgrass, orange pudding, and honeyed almond skin finish. A mellow, savory gin for savory cocktails and paired with foods.
87 points $35.15
McHenry Classic Dry Gin
86 points
$20
Clear color. Mild, boozy, herbal phenolic rubbery aromas and flavors of licorice and orange gelatin candies and spiced cherries and berries with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length pepper dust and juniper spice jelly on lemon scone finish. A rather candied, orange and licorice driven gin that should appeal to vodka drinkers.
Hat Trick Botanical Gin
86 points
$29.99
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, grainy aromas and flavors of toasted lemon herb muffin, sandalwood, and spiced nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, long juniper, orange pepper, honeyed herbs and brown spices, and tea finish. A nice grain-forward gin with subtle balance.
86 points $29.99
McHenry Navy Strength Gin
85 points
$30
Clear color. Mild, citrusy, fruity sweet waxy aromas and flavors of white chocolate nut brittle, raisin bran muffin and anise, coconut oil on cucumber, and latex paint with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a hot, compelling, bark, white pepper, spiced dried fruits, and minerals finish. A sturdy, high-proof gin for cocktails.
Ungava Premium Gin
85 points
$30
Bizarre electric golden yellow color. Mild, spicy, green aromas and flavors of spicy gherkin, sweet and hot peppers, and egg nog with a glycerous, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length spicy bread pudding, dusty juniper and pine sap, dried citrus, and minerals finish. A colorful gin with a peppery streak for savory cocktails.
Hadley & Sons Gin
84 points
$13.99
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Muted, herbal aromas of chalk and nut and pepper oil with an even, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk anise seeds, dried herbs, birch beer, and tea finish. A mild, lightly herbal gin.
84 points $13.99
romeo’s Gin
84 points
$26.95
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Muted, sweaty aromas and flavors of citrus and banana candies, sweet pickling spices, pepper dust, and mango-papaya tea with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, breezy tomato jelly on toast, fresh herbs, grain, and wheatgrass finish. A mellow, grassy, grainy gin.
84 points $26.95
Greenhouse Gin
84 points
$27.99
Gin
Clear color. Bright, fruity, sweet floral aromas of fruit stripe gum, berry gelatin powder, cardamom herb muffin, and wheatgrass with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length violet candy, talc, and pink pepper finish. A tasty, very fruity and floral gin for cocktails that would make a good transition gin.
84 points $27.99
Oaken Gin
84 points
$40
Gin
Brilliant gold color. Bright, savory, sweet aromas and flavors of bbq embers, mocha, charred coconut, and glued wood with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts, cola float, wet lumber, and smoked peppers and bbq finish. A sturdy, very woody barrel-aged gin that will function more like a dark rum in cocktails.
Regent Gin
83 points
$11.99
Gin
Bright clear color. Mild, citrusy aromas of lemon cream, herb toast, and chili pepper with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, short licorice and hot pepper finish. A mixing gin.
83 points $11.99
Liberty Call Distilling Co. San Diego County Gin
83 points
$24.99
Clear color. Delicate, grainy, citrusy cheesy aromas of granola, cheese danish, and sweet and peppery spices with a soft, dryish light body and a warming, terse graham cracker, licorice, and cream finish. A mellow, easy gin.
83 points $24.99
Fenimore Gin
83 points
$28
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, curious, umami aromas and flavors of lemon yogurt, anise, apple strudel, and fish food with a supple, soft, moderately sweet light body and a tingling, momentary straw floor mat, chalk eraser, and pith and bark finish. A sour, lactic and wooly gin with little juniper, citrus or gin character.
Chuckanut Bay Gin
81 points
$32.95
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of rainbow sherbet, creamy nougat, and must with an even, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, brisk citrus custard, melon sorbet, dried herbs and pepper, and minerals finish. A fruit, mild and dainty gin.
81 points $32.95
Tucker’s Gin
80 points
$12.99
Gin
Clear color. Lively, phenolic aromas of plastic, licorice candy, and burnt rubber with an even, shy, dry thin body and a peppery, interesting, relaxed saw dust, carob, tea bag, and cream finish.
80 points $12.99
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