Full Review

Carl Ethan Akeley

Carl Ethan Akeley
Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$10

Carl Ethan Akeley
Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
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 finish with notes of cheese Danish, cardamom, orange peel, and distant juniper finish. A grain-forward gin for non-gin-drinkers.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Odd & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: cream of wheat, multi grain bread dough, pastry icing, and dried herbs
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cheese Danish, cardamom, orange peel, and distant juniper
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: Now in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Long Island Iced Tea, Gimlet, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A grain-forward gin for non-gin-drinkers.

The Producer

Dented Brick Distillery

The Producer
3100 Washington St
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
USA
1 801-883-9837

Their Portfolio

84 Antelope Island White Rum 40% (USA) $26.99.
84 Antelope Island Red 45% (USA) $34.99.
83 Antelope Island Rum Single Batch Rum 40% (USA) $26.95.
84 Carl Ethan Akeley Gin 40% (USA) $10.00.
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85 Jan Stephenson Passion Fruit Rum 40% (USA) $34.99.
94 Jan Stephenson Pineapple Rum 40% (USA) $34.99.
86 Roofraiser Vodka 40% (USA) $19.99.

Gin

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Serve in a Rocks Glass
Gin is the original flavored vodka, a clear spirit that is flavored with juniper berries and so-called botanicals (a varied assortment of herbs and spices). The spirit base of Gin is primarily grain (usually wheat or rye), which results in a light-bodied spirit.

The chief flavoring agent in gin is the highly aromatic blue-green berry of the juniper, a low-slung evergreen bush (genus Juniperus) that is commercially grown in northern Italy, Croatia, the United States and Canada. Additional botanicals can include anise, angelica root, cinnamon, orange peel, coriander, and cassia bark. All gin makers have their own secret combination of botanicals, the number of which can range from as few as four to as many as 15 or more.

Most gin is initially distilled in efficient column stills. The resulting spirit is high-proof, light-bodied, and clean with a minimal amount of congeners (flavor compounds) and flavoring agents. Gin's lowland cousin, Genever, is distilled in less-efficient potstills, which results in a lower-proof, more flavorful spirit. Low-quality 'Compound Gins' are made by simply mixing the base spirit with juniper and botanical extracts. Mass-market gins, known as 'Distilled Gins', are produced by soaking juniper berries and botanicals in the base spirit and then redistilling the mixture.

Many top-quality gins are flavored in a unique manner and are referred to as 'London Dry Gins'. After one or more distillations the base spirit is redistilled one last time. During this final distillation the alcohol vapor wafts through a chamber in which the dried juniper berries and botanicals are suspended. The vapor gently extracts aromatic and flavoring oils and compounds from the berries and spices as it travels through the chamber on its way to the condenser. The resulting flavored spirit has a noticeable degree of complexity.

The most famous examples of gin are from the UK. These are among the most complex gins with subdued flavors of pine, peppery spices, citrus, herbal roots, and even floral notes, which are currently in vogue. Gin has experienced a revival thanks to the craft cocktail movement as the base for the wildly popular gin martini, a host of newly resuscitated classic cocktails, and adventuresome new libations.