Full Review

Rogue Spirits

Rogue Spirits
Spruce Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 45%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35.15

Rogue Spirits
Spruce Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 45%
Brilliant clear color. Mild, curious, savory vegetal aromas of pickled green tomato, roasted eggplant, lemon pepper, and raspberry nonpareil with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length citrus marmalade on wafer, wheatgrass, orange pudding, and honeyed almond skin finish. A mellow, savory gin for savory cocktails and paired with foods.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal & spirity
Aroma Aroma: pickled green tomato, roasted eggplant, lemon pepper, and raspberry nonpareil
Taste Flavor: citrus marmalade on wafer, wheatgrass, orange pudding, and honeyed almond skin
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Red Snapper, Breakfast Martini, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A mellow, savory gin for savory cocktails and paired with foods.

The Producer

Rogue Ales

The Producer
2320 OSU Drive
Newport, OR 97365
USA
1 541-867-3660

Their Portfolio

88 Rogue Ales MOM Hefeweizen 4.2% (USA)
83 Rogue Ales Pumpkin Savior 5.6% (USA)
81 Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale 6.8% (USA)
89 Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel Raspberry & Chocolate Ale 5.4% (USA)
88 Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Ale 5.3% (USA)
89 Rogue Ales Wasted Sea Star Purple Pale Ale 5.7% (USA)
90 Rogue Ales Morimoto Soba Ale 5% (USA)
85 Rogue Ales Morimoto Black Obi Soba 4.6% (USA)
88 Rogue Ales Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale 6.1% (USA)
92 Rogue Ales Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot 11.42% (USA)
89 Rogue Ales Irish Lager 4.6% (USA)
94 Rogue Ales Double Chocolate Stout 9% (USA)
91 Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale 5.6% (USA)
84 Rogue Ales Brutal IPA 6.1% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale 6.8% (USA)
91 Rogue Ales Beard Beer 4.8% (USA)
85 Rogue Ales American Amber Ale 5.3% (USA)
90 Rogue Ales Chipotle Ale 5.4% (USA)
91 Rogue Ales 4 Hop IPA 4.44% (USA)
92 Rogue Ales 6 Hop IPA 6.66% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales Fresh Roast Ale 5.7% (USA)
97 Rogue Ales 2015 Old Crustacean Barleywine 10.75% (USA)
94 Rogue Ales New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta 11.6% (USA)
80 Rogue Ales Fruit Salad Cider 6.4% (USA)
92 Rogue Ales Good Chit Pilsner 5.3% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales Morimoto Imperial Pilsner 8.1% (USA)
88 Rogue Ales Mocha Porter 5.6% (USA)
84 Rogue Ales 4 Hop IPA 4.44% (USA)
91 Rogue Ales Paradise Pucker Sour Fruit Ale 6% (USA)
84 Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve Cherry and Raspberry Belgian Dark Ale 7.8% (USA)
88 Rogue Ales XS Old Crustacean Barleywine 10.6% (USA)
89 Rogue Ales Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout 5.7% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout 5.8% (USA)
86 Rogue Ales 2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout 14% (USA)
89 Rogue Ales Yellow Snow Pilsner 5.5% (USA)
91 Rogue Ales 6 Hop IPA 6.66% (USA)
95 Rogue Ales 7 Hop IPA 7.77% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales 8 Hop IPA 8.88% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales Fresh Roast Brown Ale 5.7% (USA)
90 Rogue Ales Honey Kolsch 5.2% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales Cold Brew IPA 7.5% (USA)
83 Rogue Ales 4 Hop Session IPA 4.44% (USA)
96 Rogue Ales 5 Hop Black IPA 5.55% (USA)
93 Rogue Ales Straight Outta Newport...Oregon West Coast IPA 8.7% (USA)
84 Rogue Ales & Spirits Root Beer 0% (USA) $4.50.
83 Rogue Ales & Spirits Citrus Cucumber Soda 0% (USA) $4.50.
85 Rogue Ales & Spirits Honey Orange Soda 0% (USA) $4.50.
86 Rogue Spirits Oregon Single Malt Vodka 40% (USA) $47.75.
93 Rogue Spirits Voodoo Bacon Maple Vodka 40% (USA) $40.25.
87 Rogue Spirits Spruce Gin 45% (USA) $35.15.
88 Rogue Spirits Pink Spruce Gin 45% (USA) $35.15.
80 Rogue Spirits Hazelnut Rum 40% (USA) $.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.