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March 2018 - Gin & Genever

March 2018 - Gin & Genever
This month's spirits feature is Gin & Genever

Gin & Genever Reviews

Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin
97 points
$39.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas of cucumber, Cara Cara oranges, melon salad, and lemon oleo with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy hibiscus tisane, allspice, crushed juniper, compressed watermelon, thyme, and basil finish. A vibrant contemporary gin with pure citrus notes and endless refinement.
Awards: 2018 Best Gin
97 points $39.99
Martin Miller’s Gin
96 points
$27.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of limoncello and peppermint with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, cheery skittles candy and orange blossom finish. A fruity, easy-drinking gin for summer punches and crowd-pleasing mixed drinks.
96 points $27.99
Vapor Distillery Boulder Ginskey
96 points
$40
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of fine furniture, lavender studded caramel, cinnamon candies, licorice, ginseng, and allspice dram with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long cracked juniper, eucalyptus-vanilla, gardenia incense, creme de violette, fresh cut grass, and good n plenty candies finish. A delicious and complex, spice-bomb of a barrel-aged gin that will add a hybrid of bourbon and gin flavors to your cocktail repertoire.
Awards: 2018 Best Barrel Aged Gin
Nouaison Gin
96 points
$45
Gin
Clear color. Minty aromas of spicy cinnamon candies, violet, peppermint, clove, and rosewood with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, complex, medium-long spice drop candies, juicy fruit gum, salted roasted pineapple, and sage finish. A woodsy gin that will add a sweet and balanced freshness to all manner of cocktails.
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
95 points
$32.99
Clear color. Inviting, herbal aromas of lemon peel, cedar, eucalyptus, kalamata tapenade, coriander, and grilled nopales with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, very complex, long alpine herbs, dill, fennel fronds, oregano, black pepper, and celery finish. A fantastic, skillfully crafted herbaceous gin with excellent depth of flavors.
95 points $32.99
G’Vine Floraison Gin
95 points
$42
Clear color. Confected aromas of watermelon candy, spumoni, ripe honeydew, sage, banana taffy, vanilla-lavender, and bubblegum with a silky, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long Douglas fir, white peppercorns, and Fuji apple finish. A boldly fruity gin with a great mouthfeel for contemporary cocktails and summertime fun.
By The Dutch Dry Gin
94 points
$48
Clear color. Attractive, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossom, yellow rose and lavender waters, a cornucopia of ripe tropical fruits, ginger bubblegum, and cardamon herbed fennel with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long spiced fruit and carrot cakes, nutskin, edible flowers, and flour wedding cookies finish. A superb floral, Asian-accented gin with instant appeal and great versatility.
Z44 Dry Gin
94 points
$50
Clear color. Spicy aromas of lemon peel, zucchini bread, wafer crackers, squash blossoms, coriander, and cardamom with a round, crisp, light body and a warming, intricate, medium-length honeydew melon, cracked pepper, citra hops, lime cordial, quartz, and juniper finish. A lovely, balanced, soft gin with a great citrusy pop.
Barrister Dry Gin
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas of cracked juniper, Douglas fir, lemon zest, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lime oil and white pepper finish. A super solid London Dry with crisp acidity and classic style.
93 points $19 Best Buy
North Shore Distillery Distillers Gin No. 6
93 points
$29.99
Clear color. Inviting aromas of tajin, mixed peppercorns, fresh pineapple, white flowers, and pine sap with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery cardamom, lime peel, anise, dried ginger, and angelica finish. A cardamom dominated gin for exotic cocktails.
93 points $29.99
JUNíPERO Gin
93 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus, juniper honeycomb, powdered milk, and dusty herb cabinet with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long pine sap and blossom, honeyed herbs, and sweet spices finish. A well rounded gin that makes its grain base heard.
93 points $32.99
Vapor Distillery Boulder New Western Gin
93 points
$33
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of violet, spiced and marinated root vegetables, fennel, and juniper jelly and piney herbs with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, stimulating, long honeyed citrus peels and peaches, vanilla tapioca, pink peppercorns, and floral gum finish. A delightfully flavorful and poised gin that gratifies instantly.
Bogart’s Gin
93 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon and lime zest, turkish delight, sumac, and fragrant orchid with a round, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sarsaparilla, horehound, and celery finish. A rich, weighty, martini-worthy gin with exotic root flavors.
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$49.99
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of lemon-poppyseed muffin, pistachio and almond baklava, Jamaican rum, juniper wood, toasted coconut, and toasted buttermilk biscuit with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length salted toffee, crispy sage, custard tart, and smoked earl grey tea finish. An elegant, decadent, nuanced Barrel Aged Gin for sipping or cocktails.
93 points $49.99
Genevieve Barrel Aged Genever
93 points
$64.99
Bright gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honey drizzled wheat biscuit, tobacco, frankincense, cocoa butter, allspice, and clove with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a hot, thought-provoking, long toasted marshmallow, date nut bread, lemongrass, ginger-peach tea, juniper, cinnamon, and cedar finish. A delectable barrel-aged genever for slow sipping and carefully crafted cocktails.
93 points $64.99
Citadelle Gin
92 points
$25
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of fresh lemon and grapefruit, aniseed, fresh pine cone, and clove with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, long peppermint nougat, pink peppercorns, sesame seed, and white tea finish. A fresh, smooth and pleasing gin that is an excellent choice for all manner of classic cocktails.
North Shore Distillery Distillers Gin No. 11
92 points
$29.99
Clear color. Fresh aromas of green papaya, spring peas, graphite, rosehip, and geranium with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, complex, medium-long bergamot, cardamom, coriander, licorice, fennel fronds, and violet finish. A perfect springtime gin with loads of fresh, green flavors.
92 points $29.99
Tinkerman’s 7.4 Curiously Bright & Complex Gin
92 points
$30
Clear color. Aromas of oatmeal, parmesan rinds, and earl grey with a satiny, crisp, dryish full body and a tingling, brisk spruce tips, black pepper, and cream cheese frosting finish. A very smooth gin.
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
92 points
$34.90
Bright golden yellow color. Interesting, toasty, woody aromas and flavors of creme brulee, cedar mulch, suede, and pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, intricate, long spiced orange and melon, mixed peppercorns, juniper-mint cream on raisin rye toast, and toffee finish. A vivacious barrel aged, rye-like gin that retains the spicy, racy character of its gin base; try in gin on rye cocktails.
92 points $34.90
romeo’s Gin
92 points
$39.99
Gin
Clear color. Interesting, inviting aromas and flavors of beet, green tomato, carrot, and celery smoothie, spicy lemon frosted white cake, geranium, licorice candy, grass, and caraway and rosemary with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long citrus cupcake and sweet and peppery spices finish. A fun, savory, lemony gin that is sure to please.
92 points $39.99
Conniption Navy Strength Gin
92 points
$40
Clear color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of tinned green beans, cardamom, bok choy in sesame oil, bouquet in a vase, lemon supremes in cream, dried capsicum peppers, and black pepper with a satiny, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish. A fiery navy strength gin with a funky nose and floral palate.
Sloane’s Premium Distilled Dry Gin
91 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon verbena, white pepper, cracked juniper, and lime peel with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length bay leaf, orange flower, lavender, black tea, castelvetrano olive, and vanilla taffy finish. A nice peppery, delicate and herbal gin that will make a great martini.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
Tinkerman’s 6.3 Sweet Spice Gin
91 points
$30
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of good n’ plenty candy, spice cake, citrus cream, and flax raisin bread with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, long juniper honey, spiced dried fruits, and sweet cream finish. A wonderfully silky and creamy gin that will play nicely in cocktails and shine on its own.
Plymouth Gin
91 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Clean aromas of aloe, lemon oil, lime peel, and green olive with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk white pepper, soursop, and grapefruit finish. A mild but peppery gin for summer refreshers and gin purists.
91 points $32.99
Skip Rock Bicycle Tree Gin
91 points
$33
Clear color. Fresh, exotic aromas of lemongrass, galangal, fresh red bell pepper, green olive, green apple, fennel, and peppermint-basil with a satiny, dryish full body and a long cracked peppercorn, mustard seed, and fresh juniper shrub finish. A delightfully fresh gin packed with notes of fresh herbs; a springtime delight.
Mahon Gin
91 points
$36.99
Gin
Clear color. Fresh aromas of fresh juniper berries, spruce tips, mixed citrus rinds, and lavender with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long fennel seed, fondant, white peppercorns, honeydew melon, and angelica finish. A full-flavored classic dry gin that nails the style; an excellent gin-lovers gin.
91 points $36.99
FEW Breakfast Gin
91 points
$38.90
Clear color. Green, vaporous aromas and flavors of sappy juniper, hard licorice candy, peppered lemon and orange piths, and pine needle and blossom with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long orange spice rum cake, floury blueberry scone, peppery and baking spices, and violet water finish. A vibrant, yet finesseful gin that will mix brilliantly.
91 points $38.90
Bainbridge Heritage Oaked Organic Doug Fir Gin
91 points
$38.95
Bright gold color. Funky aromas of sourdough starter, parmesan rind, tomato-herb focaccia, plantain peel, black beans, and spent dill with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, delightful, breezy green peppercorn, banana soufflé, juniper, lemon peel, and caramel finish. A funky barrel-aged gin for shaking up the night.
91 points $38.95
Fords London Dry Gin
90 points
$23.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper, rosemary focaccia, lemon candies, and pomelo pith with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an even, carefree coriander, orange flower, and limestone finish. A mellow gin will classic botanicals that will fit in any cocktail.
90 points $23.99
Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
90 points
$37.99
Clear color. Fresh aromas of lime zest, black pepper, rose, and cucumber spa water with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long lemon pepper and juniper finish. A solid navy strength gin for all the classic punches.
90 points $37.99
FEW American Gin
90 points
$38.90
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of licorice and lemon lozenge, herbal honey, pepper jelly, and dusty earthy spices with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long anisette cookie, almond brittle, creamy bread pudding, and peppercorns finish. A very nicely balanced gin with a grainy backbone.
90 points $38.90
City of London Square Mile Gin
90 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pine, bison grass, and lemon balm with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length peppercorns and fresh cut herbs finish. A nicely spicy and herbal gin with a super-fresh quality.
Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin
89 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh, minty aromas and flavors of chicklets gum, juniper, tonic water, fresh ginger, and dried rose petal with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length finish. A refreshing, standby gin that is perfect for tonics.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Bluecoat American Dry Gin
89 points
$28.90
Clear color. Interesting, nutty aromas and flavors of roasted hazelnuts on sweet sticky rice, bit o’ honey candy, herbal honey, and crayon and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, very long cashew milk and nougat, licorice cream, spiced citrus, and pepper finish. A very distinctive gin with a nutty, creamy, and spicy personality.
89 points $28.90
Bimini Gin
89 points
$32
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of ground dried ginger, halvah, za’atar, pine cone, and lavender with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, medium-length peppermint gum, cumin, clove, rose, and fresh cut grass finish. A nicely spiced gin.
Cathouse Gin
89 points
$32
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of peppermint, gingerbread, aloe, sasparilla, cumin, cardamom, and hot peppers with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-to-long fruit cocktail, peppermint Tic Tacs, rooibos tea, and cinnamon candies finish. A spicy gin for commanding cocktails.
The Gin Foundry Europa London Dry Gin
89 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon-poppyseed scone, water lily, orange candies, and nut oil with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish. A solid citrus-forward gin.
89 points $34.99
Bainbridge Heritage Organic Doug Fir Gin
89 points
$38.95
Clear color. Creamy aromas of cream cheese frosting, Douglas fir, and rising bread with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, breezy tea with cream and sugar, buttermilk, black pepper, bay leaf, and juniper finish. A super creamy gin that will play well in sweeter cocktails.
89 points $38.95
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
88 points
Clear color. Interesting aromas of rosewater, cucumber, juniper confiture, and leather conditioner with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, elegant, very long fresh pine, honey, white tic Tacs, angel food cake, and grapefruit marmalade finish. A wonderfully concentrated gin for poignant cocktails with depth.
Wembley London Dry Gin
88 points
$11.50
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cracked juniper, acacia blossom, lime peel, tellicherry peppercorns, and angelica with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a warming, elegant, medium-long grapefruit peel, tarragon, cassia, wintergreen, and licorice finish. A lovely savory and dry gin for all manner of classic cocktails
88 points $11.50 Best Buy
Vim & Petal Gin
88 points
$29.30
Gin
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, orange zest, fresh tomatillo, asian pear, licorice, bay leaf, and thyme with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length lemon-pepper, angelica root, and cardamom finish. Fresh herbs de Provence tantalize the senses in this complex herbal gin.
88 points $29.30
Boot Hill Gin
88 points
$29.99
Gin
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced cajeta and potato, black licorice, piney herbs, grass and straw, and putty and horse blanket with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long saffron-tumeric-paprika salt rub, pickled carrots and citrus, and citrus powder candy finish. A very interesting, exotically spicy gin for craft cocktails.
88 points $29.99
Tinkerman’s 4.2 Citrus Supreme Gin
88 points
$30
Clear color. Funky aromas of lemon verbena, fallen lemon, malt, and Elmer’s glue with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk cracked juniper, peppercorns, powdered sugar, and straw finish. A solid gin for mixing.
Avery’s Trail Tennessee Premium Gin
88 points
$34.99
Clear color. Fresh aromas of greenhouse, cedar, clove, yuzu, ginger beer, and aloe with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, delightful, medium-length geranium, cardamom, and menthol finish. A botanical fresh-from-the-garden gin with a heavy cardamom presence; mix with pleasure.
88 points $34.99
Caorunn Small Batch Gin
88 points
$35
Clear color. Earthy aromas of tomatillo paper, aji amarillo, and vanilla blossoms with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery aspen leaf, honey-lemon, cinnamon tisane, and coriander finish. An interesting gin with a peppery swagger.
Conniption American Dry Gin
88 points
$35
Clear color. Savory aromas of tomato, sesame cucumber salad, diced jalapeño, and cilantro with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, charming, buoyant pico de gallo, dried juniper berries, lime zest, and tangerine finish. An atypical but successful gin with loads of savory flavors that will make for fun and interesting cocktails.
Icelandic Eagle Gin
88 points
$39
Gin
Clear color. Earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of licorice frosting, sage and peppery spices, juniper and pine, and vanilla with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-to-long fruit stripe gum, orange gelatin, and minerals finish. An intriguing gin with a nice balance of fruit, botanicals, mild texture, and warmth.
Damrak Amsterdam Gin
87 points
$22.99
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of orange hi-c, lime sorbet, dried mint, and orange creamsicle with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy green peppercorn and taffy finish. An orangey gin for summer coolers.
87 points $22.99
Green Mountain Organic Gin
87 points
$31.99
Clear color. Green, woody aromas and flavors of fresh cut pine, dusty herbs and tea leaves, citrus buttercream frosting, and lemongrass and polished and painted wood with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, long menthol-mint lozenge, eucalyptus honey, and schechuan button finish. A very green, grassy, herbal gin for adventurous cocktails.
87 points $31.99
Plymouth Sloe Gin
87 points
$37.99
Bright reddish mahogany color. Fruity aromas and flavors of milk chocolate cherry bon bons, dark berry preserves, spicy pomegranate chutney, and pineapple upside down and banana nut muffin with a glycerous, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and an elegant, medium-long choke cherry jam on raisin rye toast, wet cedar, molasses licorice cookie, and mint herbal tea finish. A pure, fruity, lightly herbal sloe gin that will mix brilliantly.
87 points $37.99
By The Dutch Old Genever
87 points
$45
Pale straw color. Aromas of lemon poppyseed scone, banana taffy, pecan, and vanilla pods with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length juniper, violet candy, orange Julius, and caraway finish. A solid genever for anytime sipping.
New Amsterdam Gin
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of lemon drop candies, lime candies, and bruleed grapefruit with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk lemon Pez candies finish. A citrusy and sweet gin that goes easy on the juniper.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Barrister Old Tom Gin
86 points
$29
Clear color. Piney aromas of Douglas fir, citrus leaves, and geranium with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, easy lemon tea and white peppercorn finish. A velvety and mild gin for easy-drinking cocktails.
Dry Line Gin
85 points
$49.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of ginger beer, lime cordial, cedar, and fallen plum with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, easy lemon zest, spice cake, cinnamon tisane, and chai tea finish. A zesty gin that will play very well in cooler month cocktails.
85 points $49.99
Andrew John’s Gin
84 points
$19.99
Gin
Clear color. Savory aromas of thyme, oregano, pine, cinnamon, lemon-poppyseed, and sumac with a bright, fruity light body and a warming, fast pine nuts, coffee yogurt, navel orange, and rose scented sugar finish. An understated, savory and creamy gin to add a crafty touch to stirred cocktails.
84 points $19.99
Joe’s Pond Gin
84 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Pungent aromas of melted wax and plastic, overripe pears and plantain, dusty herbs, and cane stalk and leaves with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, eccentric, medium-length honeyed juniper, pepper and mineral dusts, water in copper put, and hints of latex and acetone finish. A fiery, moonshiney, cachaça-like gin for punches.
Levantine Gin
84 points
$51
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of kiwi salad, cilantro, oregano, limeade concentrate, and cornichon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy lime flavored Italian ice, prosecco, mixed peppercorns, and juniper berries finish. A tart and citrusy gin for summer punches.
Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin
83 points
$39.99
Bright medium blue color. Aromas of sandalwood, plantain peel, pine-infused honey, and potato with a satiny, soft, dry light body and a tingling, short pink peppercorn and ghee finish. A festive and fun gin with a soft and approachable juniper presence.
83 points $39.99
Copper Fox Vir Gin
83 points
$42.99
Clear color. Funky aromas and flavors of brie rinds, pumpkin seeds, whole sunflower seeds, and tomato with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short elotes, eucalyptus, stone pine liqueur, and stewed bananas finish. A funky, savory gin for cocktail play.
83 points $42.99
Copperworks Distilling Company Northwest Small Batch Gin
81 points
$38.95
Clear color. Earthy aromas of fallen citrus, grilled asparagus, raisin bran, linoleum, spent rosemary, and potting soil with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity watery body and a peppery, breezy juniper and peppercorn finish. A funky genever-like gin for cocktail play.
81 points $38.95
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