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Hardshore Distilling Company

Hardshore Distilling Company
Original Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 46%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$33.99

Hardshore Distilling Company
Original Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 46%
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 finish with accents of cinnamon and bergamot finish. An ultra-floral gin full of perfumed lily flavor.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal
Aroma Aroma: pineapple, wheat grass, lily and violet, and angelica root
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cinnamon and bergamot
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: Now in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Gin & Tonic, Tom Collins, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An ultra-floral gin full of perfumed lily flavor.

The Producer

Hardshore Distilling Company

The Producer
53 Washington Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
USA
1 207-536-0592

Their Portfolio

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.