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May 2017 - Gin & Genever

May 2017 - Gin & Genever
This month's Spirits feature is Gin & Genever

Gin & Genever Reviews

Elephant Gin Elephant Strength Gin
97 points
$38
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Gin
Salcombe Start Point London Dry Gin
96 points
$40
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.
Anchorage Distillery Aurora Gin
95 points
$30
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.
Bols Barrel Aged Genever
95 points
$44.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Genever
95 points $44.99
Distillery No. 209 Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin
95 points
$59.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Barrel Aged Gin
95 points $59.99
The Art of the Still Gin
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Vermont Spirits Coppers Gin
94 points
$28.99
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
MTN Distillers Gin
94 points
$34
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.
Vigilant Navy Strength Gin
94 points
$39
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.
Calamity Texas Dry Gin
93 points
$24.99
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
Hanami Dry Gin
93 points
$26.99
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
Yahara Bay Extra Dry Gin
93 points
$27
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.
Ransom Dry Gin
93 points
$29
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.
Ginskey Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$42
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.
Valentine Liberator Old Tom Barrel-Rested Gin
93 points
$48
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.
Alder Creek Gin
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Madam Pattirini Gin
92 points
$23.99
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
Conncullin Irish Gin
92 points
$29.99
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
Rhok 114 Navy Strength Gin
92 points
$35
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.
Alkkemist Gin Distilled By the Light of the Full Moon
92 points
$39.99
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
Copperworks Distilling Company Northwest Cask Finished Gin
92 points
$45
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.
Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin
92 points
$55
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.
Half Moon Orchard Gin
91 points
$36.99
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
EDEN London Dry Gin
90 points
$26.99
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
Rhok New Western Gin
90 points
$30
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.
Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Golden Gin
89 points
$24.69
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
ALOO Gin
89 points
$24.95
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
Valentine Liberator Gin
89 points
$31
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.
Hardshore Distilling Company Original Gin
89 points
$33.99
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
Long Road Distillers Bartenders Blend Gin
89 points
$34.99
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
Moletto Gin
89 points
$39.99
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
MAGELLAN Iris Flavored Gin
88 points
$29.99
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
Distillery No. 209 Chardonnay Barrel Reserve Gin
88 points
$59.99
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
Prince Edward Ginebra Gin
87 points
$12
Best Buy
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
O.H.S.O. Distillery # Gin
87 points
$25
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.
Grand Traverse Distillery Peninsula Gin
87 points
$35
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.
Ransom Old Tom Barrel Aged Gin
87 points
$38
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.
Distillery No. 209 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gin
87 points
$59.99
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
Copley Gin
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Vermont Spirits Coppers Barrel Gin
86 points
$32.99
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
Jocassee Gin American Southern Style Gin
86 points
$38.95
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
Ginesis Barrel Finished Gin
86 points
$39.99
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
South Bank London Dry Gin
85 points
$24.99
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
Wollersheim Distillery Garden Gate Gin
85 points
$34
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.
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery Gin
85 points
$40
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.
Cutwater Spirits Old Grove Gin
84 points
$26.99
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
Carl Ethan Akeley Gin
84 points
$27.95
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
Cutwater Spirits Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin
84 points
$29.99
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
Checkerbark American Dry Gin
84 points
$32
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.
Vigilant District Dry Gin
84 points
$32
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.
Brockmans Premium Gin
84 points
$34.99
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
Gracias a Dios Agave Gin
84 points
$45
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.
Heartland Distillers American Gin
83 points
$34.99
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
Long Road Distillers MICHIGIN
80 points
$36.99
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
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