Full Review

City of London

City of London
Square Mile Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 47.3%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

City of London
Square Mile Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 47.3%
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 finish with notes of peppercorns and fresh cut herbs finish. A nicely spicy and herbal gin with a super-fresh quality.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Herbal
Aroma Aroma: fresh pine, bison grass, and lemon balm
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peppercorns and fresh cut herbs
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Ramos Gin Fizz, Margaret Rose, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely spicy and herbal gin with a super-fresh quality.

The Producer

City of London Distillery

The Producer
22-24 Bride Lane
London, EC4Y 8DT
United Kingdom
44 -02079363636

Their Portfolio

90 City of London Square Mile Gin 47.3% (England) $45.00.

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.