May 2017 - Gin & Genever

This month's Spirits feature is Gin & Genever
Gin & Genever Reviews
219721
Elephant Gin
Elephant Strength Gin
Clear color. Vegetal, spicy aromas of zucchini, steak seasoning, rose sachet and basil, and apple jacks and anise with a round, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length sweet lemon blossom, grilled nectarine, mint cream, and lilac water finish. A vibrant, very well-balanced over-proof gin that is surprisingly smooth, even neat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218815
Salcombe
Start Point London Dry Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of cardamom, candied flowers, green peppercorn, dried juniper berries, and lime and angelica with a creamy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, long juniper blast, orange and dried mint, jasmine and sweet herbs, and cedar and licorice finish. A well constructed classic gin with a traveling finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219314
Anchorage Distillery
Aurora Gin
Clear color. Herbal, spicy aromas of rice pudding with cinnamon, lavender and saffron, marinated grape leaf, and ginger beer with a satiny, bright, dry fat body and a hot, stimulating, relaxed coriander and black cardamom, flaxseed and rose water, black peppercorn, and cinnamon and cajeta finish. A rich, elegant, and evocative gin with a great combination of fruit, spice, and herbs in a malty, creamy frame.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219299
Bols
Barrel Aged Genever
Pale light gold color. Earthy, malty aromas and flavors of fruit and nut granola, juniper candy, rose petal jam and pineapple agua fresca, and cinnamon stick and suede with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, long peach oatmeal with brown sugar and honey almond, caramel dipped salted pretzel, borjomi mineral water, and cocoa nib finish. A satisfying and rich genever for sipping and cocktails; endless possibilities.
95 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220180
Distillery No. 209
Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin
Gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of grilled oranges, juniper and ginger root, caramel sauce on whipped cream, and sage and cinnamon sticks with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length caramelized mango, sea salt, rose petal and cedar plank, and mixed peppercorn finish. A classic barrel aged gin for timeless cocktails.
95 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219177
The Art of the Still
Gin
Clear color. Fresh, herbal aromas and flavors of lavender sachet, juniper berries and spruce tips, fresh linen and rosemary, and fresh lemon with a velvety, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, long coriander and chamomile, vanilla bean, orange marmalade, and pink peppercorn finish. A rich, long finish makes this a excellent contemporary martini gin.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219635
Vermont Spirits
Coppers Gin
Clear color. Herbal, spicy aromas of fresh citrus melange, juniper, rosemary, parsley, green onion and basil, and spicy ground black pepper and corn masa with a velvety, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length cardamom, rose water, and anise finish. An exotic, spicy gin for sophisticated g&t’s.
94 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219277
MTN Distillers
Gin
Clear color. Interesting, peppery aromas and flavors of cinnamon candy, sports tape, ground black pepper, and lemon chiffon cake with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length gentian, italian anise cookie, and chalk finish. A vibrant stylish gin that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219307
Caorunn
Small Batch Scottish Gin
Clear color. Dank, floral aromas and flavors of fresh lavender bunch, marijuana, fresh Italian lemons, and fresh basil and celery with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long juniper berries and olives, crystalized ginger, coriander exotic roots, and chocolate covered orange peel finish. A spectacularly complex modern gin with big natural aromas of lavender and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219003
romeo’s
Montreal Dry Gin
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of cucumber soda, celery salt, baking spice, and melons and mango with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a captivating, medium-length juniper and citrus marinated olives finish. Savory combines with spice in this versatile gin.
94 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219533
Vigilant
Navy Strength Gin
Clear color. Spicy aromas of cumin, lime peel, and barbecue potato chip with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, subtle, medium-length ginger, black pepper, angelica root, and juniper finish. A very distinctive, spicy and lightly smoky gin that will play nicely in creative cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219558
Calamity
Texas Dry Gin
Clear color. Aromas of sandalwood, menthol, and tomato-herb foccacia with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, gigantic, medium-long sage, turmeric, and grains of paradise finish. A gin-lover’s gin, both masculine and delicate; timeless botanicals suit any classic cocktail.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219175
Hanami
Dry Gin
Clear color. Floral, piney aromas of Douglas fir collection, lavender bush and lychee, fresh cracked coriander, and herb garden and lime peel with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, compelling, medium-length orgeat and fruit punch, juniper burst, lemongrass, and barbecue seasoning finish. Classic botanicals combine with a contemporary state of mind in this cocktail-worthy gin.
93 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219546
Yahara Bay
Extra Dry Gin
Clear color. Attractive, exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of caraway, candy coated aniseed, chocolate sauce, and fresh ginger with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, complex, long spicy peppercorn, Albanian oregano, biscuit with nutmeg, and Turkish delight finish. Mediterranean spices shine in this complex and alluring gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219407
Ransom
Dry Gin
Clear color. Grainy aromas of sesame and soy sauce, basil, lemongrass and juniper, and fallen citrus with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length apple, cinnamon pastry, chives, and chrysanthemum finish. An interesting nose leads to a satisfying palate in this craft gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219259
Ginskey
Barrel Rested Gin
Brilliant gold color. Spicy, tropical aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, vanilla creme Anglaise, allspice berries, and juniper with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, elaborate, medium-long black pepper, quinine, hibiscus and mango, and lime leaf and mint tea finish. Fun, tiki-like flavors make this a great choice for cocktails with personality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219523
Valentine
Liberator Old Tom Barrel-Rested Gin
Brilliant golden amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon and cedar, apricot, pumpkin puree, and nutmeg and mace with a slightly chewy, dryish medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long vanilla egg nog and fresh cracked juniper finish. An autumnal barrel aged gin for stirred craft cocktails; try it on a whiskey or rum lover.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219458
Alder Creek
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of juniper berries, rosemary, alfalfa sprouts, and celery soda with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length ginger powder, orange zest, candied violet flowers, and spice cake finish. A powdery gin with fresh green flavors and a sense of sophisticated understatement.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219219
Madam Pattirini
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of pine, lime peel, white pepper, and ginseng with a silky, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, brisk vanilla-mint, spiced nuts, tangerine sorbet, and bergamot and saffron finish. A well balanced, elegant, and very attractive gin with delicious flavor and a long finish.
92 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219483
Conncullin
Irish Gin
Clear color. Woody, piney aromas of cedar tree trunk, dried flower bouquet, lily pad and celery stalk, and mint tea and warm spices with an oily, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, compelling, brisk juniper, thyme and lemon chiffon, pepper crust and lemongrass, and banana peel and green pepper finish. An nice herbal gin with Italian-like influence.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219261
Rhok
114 Navy Strength Gin
Clear color. Fruity aromas of mango, black pepper, olive brine, and juniper with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length juniper, citrus peel, pine, and tarragon and cardamom finish. A super bright and spot-on overproof gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219766
Alkkemist
Gin Distilled By the Light of the Full Moon
Clear color. Exotic aromas and flavors of incense and Turkish rose, cumin and curry, lavender lemongrass, and lemon balm with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a complex, medium-long lime leaf, tomato seed, and candy coated anise finish. A crisp gin with a refreshing citrus bouquet and eastern spices.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218507
Copperworks Distilling Company
Northwest Cask Finished Gin
Golden amber color. Spicy, minty aromas and flavors of pine needles, Turkish delight, saffron, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and wintergreen with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, long caramelized soft fruits, juniper marinade, cigar wrapper, and waxy oak finish. A rich and full barrel aged gin that hits all the right notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219386
Mahon
Gin
Clear color. Clean aromas of deep woods, cucumber peel, roots and cinnamon, and pine sap with an oily, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length cardamom, white peppercorn, turmeric and galangal, and winter melon finish. An outdoorsy kind of gin, full of zesty spices.
92 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219547
Stonecutter Spirits
Single Barrel Gin
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pecan pie, mint chocolate chip ice cream, clove and juniper, and creamy nougat with a velvety, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, swift lemon bar, gingersnap, and vanilla-mint gum finish. An easy-to-use barrel aged gin for craft cocktails and g&t’s.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219667
Half Moon
Orchard Gin
Clear color. Funky aromas of zucchini bread, lavender and clove, apple compote and baking chocolate, and cinnamon and orange peel with a supple, crisp, dryish thin body and a warming, short juniper, pine forest, and exotic barks finish. A crisp gin with a funky nose.
91 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219399
EDEN
London Dry Gin
Clear color. Green aromas of cucumber, geranium, cumin, and cardamom and bananas with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, intricate, medium-long lime peels, angelica, mixed peppercorns, and cinchona finish. A beautiful contemporary gin with complex, integrated flavors and balanced sweetness.
90 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219260
Rhok
New Western Gin
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of grass clippings, lime jello salad, coriander, and cumin with a silky, crisp, fruity thin body and an even, brisk juniper and orange sherbet, dried lemon peel, cassia bark, and good and plenty candy finish. A crisp, likable and versatile gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217553
Martin Miller’s
9 Moon Gin
Dull light gold color. Attractive, candied aromas and flavors of cola gummies, honey with black peppercorns, and croissant and green tea jelly with a satiny, crisp, light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-length butterscotch, crushed juniper in toffee, roasted cashew, and eucalyptus and tuberose finish. A yummy barrel aged gin; balanced with unexpected tropical notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219343
Belmont Farm
Kopper Kettle Golden Gin
Pale straw yellow color. Perfumed aromas of lime leaf and sandalwood with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-long candied citrus and juniper finish. A masculine "cologned" gin that is satisfying and versatile.
89 points $24.69
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219103
ALOO
Gin
Clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of ferns in a greenhouse, potting soil and coriander, juniper and spearmint, and lemon verbena with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, involved, medium-long aloe, lime and lemon blossom, grains of paradise, and custard finish. Vermouth’s new best friend.
89 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219522
Valentine
Liberator Gin
Clear color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon and coriander, allspice, lemon poppyseed, and root beer with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length juniper berries, tellicherry peppercorns, earl grey tea and orris root, and cinnamon toast crunch finish. A spicy melange for zippy craft cocktails and winter warmers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219675
Hardshore Distilling Company
Original Gin
Clear color. Fresh, floral aromas and flavors of pineapple, wheat grass, lily and violet, and angelica root with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, engaging, very long cinnamon and bergamot finish. An ultra-floral gin full of perfumed lily flavor.
89 points $33.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219538
Long Road Distillers
Bartender's Blend Gin
Clear color. Spicy, fruity aromas of black peppercorn, pear skins and apple butter, angelica and lilac, and almonds and papaya with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, delightful, medium-long rye bread with caraway seeds, anise, juniper, and halva finish. A clean herbal sipper.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219235
Moletto
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of mango and passionfruit paste, Maria cookies with frosting, chicha morada, and overripe tomato and sage with a silky, vibrant, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long raspberry and mint, dried citrus melange, clove and hint of juniper, and orange sherbet finish. A interesting savory-sweet gin to add a tropical feel to craft cocktails.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219507
MAGELLAN
Iris Flavored Gin
Pale cobalt blue color. Aromas of mint mouthwash, geranium, and cedar pencil with an oily, lively, dryish light body and a warming, relaxed fresh spearmint, juniper candy, and lemon custard finish. A curiously festive gin for mixing.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218506
Copperworks Distilling Company
Northwest Small Batch Gin
Clear color. Mature aromas of lichen, mature cedar forest, sourdough starter, and soaked juniper with a glycerous, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length violet candy, fresh peppermint, juniper berries, and cassia bark finish. A rambunctious and feisty gin waiting to be tamed in a cocktail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220181
Distillery No. 209
Chardonnay Barrel Reserve Gin
Bright light gold color. Herbal aromas of thyme, sage, bechamel, and pine with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp cinnamon and cassia, yogurt, tea with honey, and sandalwood finish. Fresh-from-the-garden herb aromas shine in this barrel aged gin.
88 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219341
Vim & Petal
Dry Gin
Clear color. Fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of strawberry vinaigrette, spinach, walnut, and juniper and citrus peels with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length creme cookie, taffy wrapper, incense, and olive brine finish. A nice gin with warm spices and savory finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219644
Prince Edward
Ginebra Gin
Clear color. Candied, citrusy aromas of peach gummies, limoncello, grilled lemons and ghee, and French oregano and pine cleaner with a silky, tangy, fruity light body and a peppery, buoyant lemon starburst, lemon pepper and black tea, anisette biscotti, and angelica and wintergreen finish. All manner of lemons present in this fresh, nouveau style gin.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219157
O.H.S.O. Distillery
# Gin
Clear color. Clean, citrusy aromas and flavors of Italian lemon peel, fresh ginger, white grape, and coconut with a round, vibrant, dry light body and a tingling, medium-long juniper powder, porcelain, and vanilla caramel finish. A lemon-dominated entry-level gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219201
Grand Traverse Distillery
Peninsula Gin
Clear color. Pungent aromas of fallen green apple on sourdough bread, butter popcorn topping, menthol mint, and juniper with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, breezy juniper and pine, lemon oil, white pepper, and parsley and coriander finish. A funky gin for cocktail play.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219406
Ransom
Old Tom Barrel Aged Gin
Medium golden amber color. Candied, inviting aromas of sandalwood, vanilla pecan, juniper, and rackhouse with a creamy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long cinnamon oats, allspice, butterscotch and peach tea, and juniper and ginseng finish. A fun gin-meets-whiskey confluence of flavor; rich and satisfying.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220182
Distillery No. 209
Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gin
Golden amber color. Aromas of cinnamon peach tea, vanilla cola, chlorine, and maple syrup with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, delightful, medium-long caramelized raisin, menta fernet, and dried ginger root finish. A spicy barrel aged gin to wake up the palate.
87 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219286
Copley
Gin
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon bar with graham cracker crust, orange candy and grapefruit peel, violet, and white tea and black peppercorn with a lively, fruity light body and a breezy fresh lemon peel and lemondrop candy, cardamom, juniper berries, and orange jellies finish. A sweet lemon bomb of a gin for mixed drinks.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219578
New Amsterdam
Gin
Bright clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of honeydew melon, fresh grapefruit, lemon popsicle, and marshmallow and dried mint with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length vanilla, orange blossom water, and orange peels finish. A clean, crisp, and citrusy entry-level gin for refreshing summer cocktails.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219298
Damrak
Gin
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple jacks in milk, citric acid, dried orange peels and vanilla, and orange blossom water with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, breezy lemongrass, berry candy, lemon drops, and cinnamon cream finish. A creamy gin with big fruity notes.
86 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219636
Vermont Spirits
Coppers Barrel Gin
Golden amber color. Aromas of cinnamon caramel gelato, coconut lotion, and jasmine with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length almond croissant, coriander, caramelized pineapple, and juniper and menthol mint finish. An nice gin transition for rum drinkers.
86 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219549
Jocassee Gin
American Southern Style Gin
Clear color. Exotic, spicy aromas of cumin, madras hot curry, lemon peel, and juniper and flaxseed with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long cardamom, rose, mustard greens, and olive finish. A savory and exotic martini gin.
86 points $38.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219561
Ginesis
Barrel Finished Gin
Slivery straw color. Aromas of almond, lemongrass, white toffee, and roasted nuts with a lean, racy, off-dry thin body and a searing, short pineapple coulis, powdered sugar, egg nog, and honeyed toasted herbs finish. A snappy barrel aged gin.
86 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219199
Wembley
London Dry Gin
Clear color. Fresh, citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh crushed juniper, jasmine and heather, fresh lemon peel, and black pepper with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length hibiscus, banana peel, and eucalyptus and mint finish. A classic dry gin with floral components that don’t teeter into perfume-y territory.
85 points $11.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219176
South Bank
London Dry Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of cucumber, rosemary, lemon peels, and black peppercorn with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk capsicum, ginger, cinnamon, and nut oils finish. An approachable gin of the garden variety.
85 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219708
Wollersheim Distillery
Garden Gate Gin
Clear color. Interesting, grassy, rustic aromas of hay, roasted hot peppers and turmeric, crushed juniper and sumac, and dry earth with a round, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length roasted hot peppers, south asian spices, coriander, and chutney on rye toast finish. A funky, grainy nose with a peppery palate makes this a great winter gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219562
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of bruised sweet herbs, wheat flakes and malt, juniper and orange peel, and roasted pine nuts with a glycerous, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long ginger powder, grain of paradise, and hay finish. An herbal gin with a big grain backbone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219515
Cutwater Spirits
Old Grove Gin
Clear color. Aromas of distant juniper and faint celery with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, brisk crisp lemon cookie, juniper and sage, peppercorn, and green tea finish. A nice mixing gin.
84 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218573
Carl Ethan Akeley
Gin
Clear color. Grainy aromas and flavors of cream of wheat, multi grain bread dough, pastry icing, and dried herbs with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a peppery, amusing, buoyant cheese Danish, cardamom, orange peel, and distant juniper finish. A grain-forward gin for non-gin-drinkers.
84 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219516
Cutwater Spirits
Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin
Brilliant gold color. Woody aromas of vanilla extract, butterscotch, spice cabinet, and milk and honey with an oily, soft, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy vanilla cream, shy botanical, and sweet tea finish. An easy-going barrel-aged gin for non-gin drinkers.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219308
Checkerbark
American Dry Gin
Clear color. Oily, cheesy aromas of parmesan cheese on Italian loaf and fallen citrus fruit with an oily, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, breezy lemon pepper, jasmine, honey, and iced tea finish. A funky gin for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219532
Vigilant
District Dry Gin
Clear color. Interesting aromas of lemonhead candy, pinecone, hot chile pepper and oregano, and pineapple cottage cheese with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, swift juniper, ginger, and anise finish. An interesting gin balancing fruit and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219287
Brockmans
Premium Gin
Clear color. Mature aromas of spent herbs, raspberry sorbet, petunia in potting soil, and aloe with a glycerous, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length mango, yogurt, stainless steel, and ginger-mint gum finish. A new-school gin with big fruity notes.
84 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219344
Gracias a Dios
Agave Gin
Clear color. Grainy aromas of dill, smoked caraway and cantaloupe, orange peels and grilled pineapple, and juniper berry marinade with a round, crisp, dry light body and a warming, complex, medium-length arugula and rye, polish, lemon oil and honey on tire, and black pepper finish. An interesting and tasty mezcal-like gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219376
Heartland Distillers
American Gin
Clear color. Sweet, creamy aromas of vanilla instant breakfast, fondant, sweet tart candy, and cola and chlorine with a creamy, soft, thin body and a tingling, short juniper soda, powdered sugar, orange Creamsicle, and pencil shaving finish. A vanilla-y gin for mixing in creamy drinks.
83 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219537
Long Road Distillers
MICHIGIN
Clear color. Mature aromas and flavors of spent fresh herbs, mature cantaloupe, and hard cheese with an oily, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy mature basil and dried whole juniper finish. A creamy, earthy gin that jumps on the palate.
80 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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