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March 2019 - Gin & Genever

March 2019 - Gin & Genever
This month's Spirits feature is Gin & Genever

Gin & Genever Reviews

Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin
97 points
$45
Clear color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of myrrh, eucalyptus, musk, aloe vera, frankincense, geranium, orris root, and juniper with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows shades of rose, tarragon, and leather conditioner finish. A masculine-of-center, perfumed gin of the highest order; will create one-of-a-kind cocktails with a signature aroma.
Awards: 2019 Best Gin
Martin Miller’s Gin
96 points
$33
Gin
Clear color. Exotic aromas and flavors of clementine sorbet, sandalwood, concord grape, and frankincense with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light body and a tingling, delightful, scant finish that presents elements of hint of juniper, pomelo, cherrywood, ginger, honey, and orris root finish. A candied floral gin with woody undertones that enthrall the senses.
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
94 points
$33.99
Golden amber color. Spicy, creamy aromas of cinnamon-sugar, ginger scone, lemon curd, pumpkin loaf, and buttercream with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length juniper, angelica, challah, and tea with cream finish. Creamy oak and warm spices entice one for another sip of this Barrel Aged Gin pleaser.
Awards: 2019 Best Barrel Aged Gin
94 points $33.99
Nippitaty Distillery Gin
93 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, coriander, celery, cardamom, orris root, lavender, and juniper with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, very long ginger, honey, and caraway finish. A zesty gin with a spice cabinet of flavors that will make a great martini or Gibson.
93 points $32.99
Bulrush Gin
93 points
$34.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon rolls, watercress, fresh radish, and orange marmalade with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish that shows shades of coriander, gardenia, and juniper finish. A fresh, exuberant gin of the garden variety.
93 points $34.99
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$57
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cinnamon roll, chai latte, gingerbread, and cream soda with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of lemon creme, shortbread, juniper, and black pepper finish. A creamy Barrel Aged Gin that will make a plethora of delicious winter-time cocktails.
Scottish Kings Highland Dry Gin
93 points
$60
Clear color. Aromas of fresh lemon and lime zest and pine nuts with a velvety, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long frosted lemon cake, rosemary, olive oil, purple basil, spearmint, juniper, and fondant finish. A round and lemony gin with excellent texture for egg white cocktails.
Corgi Spirits Earl Grey Gin
92 points
$34.99
Amber color. Savory aromas and flavors of dill weed, old bay seasoning, celery salt, black tea, and curry with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish that presents impressions of gentian finish. A spicy, savory, and cohesive gin of distinctive character; a great gin for Red Snappers
92 points $34.99
Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
92 points
$34.99
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, cumin, angelica, caraway, turmeric, and thyme with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish evoking notes of fennel and rose water finish. Warm, savory herbs star in this fresh-from-the-garden style gin.
92 points $34.99
FEW Breakfast Gin
92 points
$38.99
Clear color. Aromas of sweet malt candies, banana cake, buttercream, and lemon bar with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long hint of juniper, candied plantain, sweet herbs, and anise finish. Light botanical notes complement a confident whiskey-like backbone in this soft and approachable gin that rewards with each sip.
92 points $38.99
Jack Pine Gin
91 points
$29.95
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of pepper jelly, toasted sourdough, and lapsang suchong with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and an intricate, medium-long finish that shows impressions of green cardamom, juniper, and eucalyptus finish. A distinctive craft gin with a savory-sweet vibe and big palate-filling character; use liberally.
91 points $29.95
Baltimore Spirits Company Shot Tower Gin
90 points
$29.99
Clear color. Spicy aromas of bitter lemon soda, turmeric, curry, and crushed coriander with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long key lime finish. Bright south-Asian spices dominate this distinctive gin that will make playful and delicious craft cocktails.
90 points $29.99
Painted Stave Distilling Candy Manor Gin
90 points
$29.99
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of key lime, green tea, sandalwood, and juniper with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long gardenia, jasmine, talc, ginger, and cardamom finish. A powdery, floral and delicate gin with a spicy warmth that smolders underneath.
90 points $29.99
Farmer’s Botanical Small Batch Organic Gin
90 points
$34
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cracked coriander, coconut, and dried rose with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long lime leaf, juniper, cracked black pepper, and turmeric finish. South-Asian inspired cocktails will shine with this spicy gin.
Scapegrace Gin
90 points
$34.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of cucumber, lime and orange candies, and cinnamon confection with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length fresh juniper and yuzu finish. A contemporary gin with a juicy, fresh, summertime vibe.
90 points $34.99
New England Distilling Ingenium Gin
90 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas of spiced apple, molasses, fresh cane, plum butter on sourdough, and hint of juniper with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long orris root, mixed peppercorns, and tea finish. A distinctive and genever-like gin that will make bangin’ tiki cocktails.
90 points $39.99
Fords London Dry Gin
89 points
$23.99
Clear color. Aromas of watercress, lemon zest, and dried juniper berries with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a crisp geranium, crisp apple, and cardamom finish. A rock solid gin that will work in all the classics.
89 points $23.99
Vantage Botanical Spirit
89 points
$40
Clear color. Aromas of lemongrass, crystalized lemon peel, and ginger with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length peppercorn, candied yuzu, and lemon-poppyseed muffin finish. Bright, decadent spirit to boost body and lemony flavor in classic, multi-component cocktails
Old Duff Single Malt Genever
89 points
$49.96
Clear color. Grainy aromas of parker dinner rolls, raw cashew, and coconut shell with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length peppermint, dried fruits, dill, mace, and balsa wood finish. A smooth sipping genever with hints of herbaceous botanicals and highlights of creamy grain.
89 points $49.96
Z44 Dry Gin
89 points
$50
Clear color. Toasty, nutty, floral, herbal aromas and flavors of baklava with confectioners sugar, herbed citrus and tomato relish, delicate floral lotion, and bbq taro chips with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-to-long finish conveying nuances of floral bath oil, juniper jam on rosemary foccacia, lemon pepper and honey, and sandalwood incense ash finish. A warming and earthy gin with an intriguing blend of floral, citrus and savory notes.
Wembley London Dry Gin
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sliced apple, fresh grass, crisp celery, and pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length melon, basil, mint, and stone pine finish. Fresh herbs reign in this gin destined for culinary cocktails.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Coppercraft Distillery Gin
88 points
$29.99
Gin
Clear color. Green aromas and flavors of cilantro, basil, cucumber, mint, green cardamom, and fresh aloe with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of juniper, crushed coriander, bay, green peppercorn, and geranium finish. A bright and herbal gin that exhibits a springtime exuberance.
88 points $29.99
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
88 points
$49.99
Clear color. Aromas of sprouts on rye, fresh parsley, and dill with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, engaging, medium-length mustard seed, juniper, clove, and peppercorns finish. A distinctive and savory gin that will be fun for cocktail play.
88 points $49.99
Paper Lantern Gin
88 points
$85
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of sage, eucalyptus, pimento, spearmint, and cream of wheat with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length vanilla creme, black pepper, woodruff, and hint of juniper finish. A minty gin with lots of nuance to highlight in thoughtful cocktails.
Linton Hill London Dry Gin
87 points
$17.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spruce, coriander, geranium, blueberry, orange marmalade, and anise with a supple, shy, fruity thin body and a smooth, short finish with notes of white pepper finish. An easygoing gin with lots of versatility behind the bar.
87 points $17.99
Three Bridges Gin
87 points
$19.99
Gin
Clear color. Fresh aromas of parsley, green peppercorn, geranium leaf, and fresh linen with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, interesting, medium-long honeydew melon, aloe, pear, and juniper jelly finish. A clean and green gin that exudes bouquet-like aromas; an excellent choice for spring cocktails.
87 points $19.99
BULLDOG Gin
87 points
$24.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dried juniper, morning dew, lavender, and lemon bars with a crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with touches of violet and cream finish. A mild-tempered gin with a gentle spice and soft citrus.
87 points $24.99
Bardenay London Style Dry Gin
87 points
$27.95
Clear color. Aromas of citrus peels, wet herbs, and brine with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, cheery sea salt and cracked juniper finish. An easy-going gin with lots of cocktail possibilities.
87 points $27.95
Bluecoat American Dry Gin
87 points
$28.99
Clear color. Aromas of hazelnut, honey, juniper chutney, and silly putty with a coarse, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a short hint of lime and peppercorns finish. A nutty, spicy gin best to kick the night up a notch.
87 points $28.99
Old Duff Genever
87 points
$29.96
Clear color. Grainy aromas of dough and pie crust with a round, bright, dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk hint of citrus and tea with cream finish. A mild and creamy, grain-focused genever.
87 points $29.96
McQueen & the Violet Fog Gin
87 points
$35.99
Gin
Clear color. Citrusy, clean aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, fresh cucumber, celery salt, pink peppercorn, cardamom, and juniper with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of bergamot finish. Candied citrus flavors shine in this fresh, bright, and balanced gin in a contemporary style.
87 points $35.99
Copley London Dry Gin
86 points
$16.99
Clear color. Sweet aromas and flavors of fruit punch, yuzu, orgeat, lime sweetarts candies, and creme de violette with a glycerous, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, easy finish with touches of raspberry confection finish. A candied, hyper-floral gin for cocktail play; vivid and contemporary.
86 points $16.99
Damrak Gin
86 points
$21.99
Gin
Clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of orange Julius, meringue cookies, peppermint, and jasmine with a glycerous, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast finish that shows suggestions of ripe apple, green peppercorn, and rosemary finish. A coating, fruity gateway gin for mixed drinks.
86 points $21.99
Iron Fish Distillery Woodland Michigan Gin
86 points
$33.96
Clear color. Grainy aromas of yogurt with pine nuts, tempeh, orange marmalade, sandalwood, and fennel with a satiny, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length juniper, lemon peel, black pepper, cinnamon, and star anise finish. A peppery craft vodka to spice up your brunch game; try in a red snapper.
86 points $33.96
Ransom Old Tom Gin
86 points
$38
Golden amber color. Spicy aromas of gingerbread cookies, peppered olives, star anise, sourdough, and banana bread with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a quick black toast and scorched pine finish. A toasty Barrel Aged Gin for smoky cocktails.
Fords Officers Reserve Gin
85 points
$31.99
Slivery straw color. Aromas of black pepper, vanilla bonbon, yogurt, struck match, and cannabis with a velvety, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery vanilla pastry cream, juniper, and candied finish. Vanilla notes make this a great gin for cream or egg white drinks; try in a Ramos Gin Fizz.
85 points $31.99
Starr Blu Gin
84 points
$7.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of lime flesh and orange candies with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a hot, brisk clove and juniper bark finish. A solid gin for mixed drinks
84 points $7.99
Balfour Street Gin
84 points
$19.99
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of lemon candle, grains of paradise, dillweed, and juniper with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long lemon oil finish. A pervasive citrus note reigns in this mixable gin.
84 points $19.99
Tiger Gin
84 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of lime leaf, cinnamon, rose tea, cucumber, and juniper with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a peppery, appealing, short-to-medium crushed coriander, bergamot, banana bread, and spearmint finish. A dry, spicy gin best suited for shaken craft cocktails.
Loch & Union Dry Gin
84 points
$45
Clear color. Creamy aromas of buttermilk, basil, cream of wheat, and hint of juniper with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, carefree lime zest, ginger, and angelica finish. A funky craft gin for cocktail play.
Clear Fork Texas Gin
83 points
$17.78
Clear color. Odd aromas of tortilla, carrot tops, gravel, caraway, and jasmine with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, cheery eucalyptus, mixed peppercorns, and honey finish. A distinctive gin with a spirit-awakening proof; try in hair of the dog cocktails.
83 points $17.78
Garnish Island Gin
83 points
$27.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of parmesan crisp, dried oregano, ground pepper, and rye with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish manifesting accents of lilac, sage, and juniper finish. A funky and savory craft gin for cocktail play.
83 points $27.99
Jocassee Gin
83 points
$38
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of chlorine, marigold, and lavender with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk lilac water, angelica, and grains of paradise finish. A snappy gin for brunchtime treats.
Empress 1908 Gin
83 points
$39.99
Cobalt blue color. Aromas of wet herbs and ground pepper with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, swift hydrangea, orange zest, and hint of juniper finish. A mild gin that puts on a dazzling color-changing show.
83 points $39.99
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