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March 2018 - Gin & Genever

March 2018 - Gin & Genever
This month's spirits feature is Gin & Genever

Gin & Genever Reviews

Vapor Distillery Boulder Ginskey
96 points
$40
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of fine furniture, lavender studded caramel, cinnamon candies, licorice, ginseng, and allspice dram with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long cracked juniper, eucalyptus-vanilla, gardenia incense, creme de violette, fresh cut grass, and good n plenty candies finish. A delicious and complex, spice-bomb of a barrel-aged gin that will add a hybrid of bourbon and gin flavors to your cocktail repertoire.
Awards: 2018 Best Barrel Aged Gin
By The Dutch Dry Gin
94 points
$48
Clear color. Attractive, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossom, yellow rose and lavender waters, a cornucopia of ripe tropical fruits, ginger bubblegum, and cardamon herbed fennel with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long finish that exhibits accents of spiced fruit and carrot cakes, nutskin, edible flowers, and flour wedding cookies finish. A superb floral, Asian-accented gin with instant appeal and great versatility.
Barrister Dry Gin
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas of cracked juniper, douglas fir, lemon zest, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lime oil and white pepper finish. A super solid London Dry with crisp acidity and classic style.
93 points $19 Best Buy
North Shore Distillery Distillers Gin No. 6
93 points
$29.99
Clear color. Inviting aromas of tajin, mixed peppercorns, fresh pineapple, white flowers, and pine sap with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery cardamom, lime peel, anise, dried ginger, and angelica finish. A cardamom dominated gin for exotic cocktails.
93 points $29.99
Vapor Distillery Boulder New Western Gin
93 points
$33
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of violet, spiced and marinated root vegetables, fennel, and juniper jelly and piney herbs with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, stimulating, long finish with suggestions of honeyed citrus peels and peaches, vanilla tapioca, pink peppercorns, and floral gum finish. A delightfully flavorful and poised gin that gratifies instantly.
Bogart’s Gin
93 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon and lime zest, turkish delight, sumac, and fragrant orchid with a round, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sarsaparilla, horehound, and celery finish. A rich, weighty, martini-worthy gin with exotic root flavors.
Genevieve Barrel Aged Genever
93 points
$64.99
Bright gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honey drizzled wheat biscuit, tobacco, frankincense, cocoa butter, allspice, and clove with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a hot, thought-provoking, long finish that exhibits impressions of toasted marshmallow, date nut bread, lemongrass, ginger-peach tea, juniper, cinnamon, and cedar finish. A delectable barrel-aged genever for slow sipping and carefully crafted cocktails.
93 points $64.99
Citadelle Gin
92 points
$25
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of fresh lemon and grapefruit, aniseed, fresh pine cone, and clove with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, long peppermint nougat, pink peppercorns, sesame seed, and white tea finish. A fresh, smooth and pleasing gin that is an excellent choice for all manner of classic cocktails.
North Shore Distillery Distillers Gin No. 11
92 points
$29.99
Clear color. Fresh aromas of green papaya, spring peas, graphite, rosehip, and geranium with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, complex, medium-long bergamot, cardamom, coriander, licorice, fennel fronds, and violet finish. A perfect springtime gin with loads of fresh, green flavors.
92 points $29.99
Tinkerman’s 7.4 Curiously Bright & Complex Gin
92 points
$30
Clear color. Aromas of oatmeal, parmesan rinds, and earl grey with a satiny, crisp, dryish full body and a tingling, brisk spruce tips, black pepper, and cream cheese frosting finish. A very smooth gin.
romeo’s Gin
92 points
$39.99
Gin
Clear color. Interesting, inviting aromas and flavors of beet, green tomato, carrot, and celery smoothie, spicy lemon frosted white cake, geranium, licorice candy, grass, and caraway and rosemary with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish with touches of citrus cupcake and sweet and peppery spices finish. A fun, savory, lemony gin that is sure to please.
92 points $39.99
Sloane’s Premium Distilled Dry Gin
91 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon verbena, white pepper, cracked juniper, and lime peel with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length bay leaf, orange flower, lavender, black tea, castelvetrano olive, and vanilla taffy finish. A nice peppery, delicate and herbal gin that will make a great martini.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
Tinkerman’s 6.3 Sweet Spice Gin
91 points
$30
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of good n’ plenty candy, spice cake, citrus cream, and flax raisin bread with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish with suggestions of juniper honey, spiced dried fruits, and sweet cream finish. A wonderfully silky and creamy gin that will play nicely in cocktails and shine on its own.
Plymouth Gin
91 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Clean aromas of aloe, lemon oil, lime peel, and green olive with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk white pepper, soursop, and grapefruit finish. A mild but peppery gin for summer refreshers and gin purists.
91 points $32.99
Skip Rock Bicycle Tree Gin
91 points
$33
Clear color. Fresh, exotic aromas of lemongrass, galangal, fresh red bell pepper, green olive, green apple, fennel, and peppermint-basil with a satiny, dryish full body and a long cracked peppercorn, mustard seed, and fresh juniper shrub finish. A delightfully fresh gin packed with notes of fresh herbs; a springtime delight.
Bainbridge Heritage Oaked Organic Doug Fir Gin
91 points
$38.95
Bright gold color. Funky aromas of sourdough starter, parmesan rind, tomato-herb focaccia, plantain peel, black beans, and spent dill with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, delightful, buoyant green peppercorn, banana soufflé, juniper, lemon peel, and caramel finish. A funky barrel-aged gin for shaking up the night.
91 points $38.95
Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
90 points
$37.99
Clear color. Fresh aromas of lime zest, black pepper, rose, and cucumber spa water with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long lemon pepper and juniper finish. A solid navy strength gin for all the classic punches.
90 points $37.99
FEW American Gin
90 points
$38.90
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of licorice and lemon lozenge, herbal honey, pepper jelly, and dusty earthy spices with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of anisette cookie, almond brittle, creamy bread pudding, and peppercorns finish. A very nicely balanced gin with a grainy backbone.
90 points $38.90
City of London Square Mile Gin
90 points
$45
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.
Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin
89 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh, minty aromas and flavors of chicklets gum, juniper, tonic water, fresh ginger, and dried rose petal with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length finish. A refreshing, standby gin that is perfect for tonics.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Bimini Gin
89 points
$32
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of ground dried ginger, halvah, za’atar, pine cone, and lavender with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, medium-length peppermint gum, cumin, clove, rose, and fresh cut grass finish. A nicely spiced gin.
Cathouse Gin
89 points
$32
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of peppermint, gingerbread, aloe, sasparilla, cumin, cardamom, and hot peppers with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-to-long fruit cocktail, peppermint Tic Tacs, rooibos tea, and cinnamon candies finish. A spicy gin for commanding cocktails.
The Gin Foundry Europa London Dry Gin
89 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon-poppyseed scone, water lily, orange candies, and nut oil with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish. A solid citrus-forward gin.
89 points $34.99
Bainbridge Heritage Organic Doug Fir Gin
89 points
$38.95
Clear color. Creamy aromas of cream cheese frosting, douglas fir, and rising bread with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, breezy tea with cream and sugar, buttermilk, black pepper, bay leaf, and juniper finish. A super creamy gin that will play well in sweeter cocktails.
89 points $38.95
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
88 points
Clear color. Interesting aromas of rosewater, cucumber, juniper confiture, and leather conditioner with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, elegant, very long fresh pine, honey, white tic Tacs, angel food cake, and grapefruit marmalade finish. A wonderfully concentrated gin for poignant cocktails with depth.
Boot Hill Gin
88 points
$29.99
Gin
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced cajeta and potato, black licorice, piney herbs, grass and straw, and putty and horse blanket with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish with accents of saffron-tumeric-paprika salt rub, pickled carrots and citrus, and citrus powder candy finish. A very interesting, exotically spicy gin for craft cocktails.
88 points $29.99
Tinkerman’s 4.2 Citrus Supreme Gin
88 points
$30
Clear color. Funky aromas of lemon verbena, fallen lemon, malt, and elmer’s glue with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk cracked juniper, peppercorns, powdered sugar, and straw finish. A solid gin for mixing.
Avery’s Trail Tennessee Premium Gin
88 points
$34.99
Clear color. Fresh aromas of greenhouse, cedar, clove, yuzu, ginger beer, and aloe with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, delightful, medium-length geranium, cardamom, and menthol finish. A botanical fresh-from-the-garden gin with a heavy cardamom presence; mix with pleasure.
88 points $34.99
Caorunn Small Batch Gin
88 points
$35
Clear color. Earthy aromas of tomatillo paper, aji amarillo, and vanilla blossoms with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery aspen leaf, honey-lemon, cinnamon tisane, and coriander finish. An interesting gin with a peppery swagger.
Icelandic Eagle Gin
88 points
$39
Gin
Clear color. Earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of licorice frosting, sage and peppery spices, juniper and pine, and vanilla with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-to-long finish that exhibits notes of fruit stripe gum, orange gelatin, and minerals finish. An intriguing gin with a nice balance of fruit, botanicals, mild texture, and warmth.
Damrak Amsterdam Gin
87 points
$22.99
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of orange hi-c, lime sorbet, dried mint, and orange creamsicle with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of green peppercorn and taffy finish. An orangey gin for summer coolers.
87 points $22.99
Green Mountain Organic Gin
87 points
$31.99
Clear color. Green, woody aromas and flavors of fresh cut pine, dusty herbs and tea leaves, citrus buttercream frosting, and lemongrass and polished and painted wood with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, long finish with nuances of menthol-mint lozenge, eucalyptus honey, and schechuan button finish. A very green, grassy, herbal gin for adventurous cocktails.
87 points $31.99
Plymouth Sloe Gin
87 points
$37.99
Bright reddish mahogany color. Fruity aromas and flavors of milk chocolate cherry bon bons, dark berry preserves, spicy pomegranate chutney, and pineapple upside down and banana nut muffin with a glycerous, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and an elegant, medium-long finish that presents suggestions of choke cherry jam on raisin rye toast, wet cedar, molasses licorice cookie, and mint herbal tea finish. A pure, fruity, lightly herbal sloe gin that will mix brilliantly.
87 points $37.99
By The Dutch Old Genever
87 points
$45
Pale straw color. Aromas of lemon poppyseed scone, banana taffy, pecan, and vanilla pods with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length juniper, violet candy, orange Julius, and caraway finish. A solid genever for anytime sipping.
Barrister Old Tom Gin
86 points
$29
Clear color. Piney aromas of douglas fir, citrus leaves, and geranium with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, easy lemon tea and white peppercorn finish. A velvety and mild gin for easy-drinking cocktails.
Dry Line Gin
85 points
$49.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of ginger beer, lime cordial, cedar, and fallen plum with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, easy lemon zest, spice cake, cinnamon tisane, and chai tea finish. A zesty gin that will play very well in cooler month cocktails.
85 points $49.99
Andrew John’s Gin
84 points
$19.99
Gin
Clear color. Savory aromas of thyme, oregano, pine, cinnamon, lemon-poppyseed, and sumac with a bright, fruity light body and a warming, fast pine nuts, coffee yogurt, navel orange, and rose scented sugar finish. An understated, savory and creamy gin to add a crafty touch to stirred cocktails.
84 points $19.99
Joe’s Pond Gin
84 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Pungent aromas of melted wax and plastic, overripe pears and plantain, dusty herbs, and cane stalk and leaves with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, eccentric, medium-length honeyed juniper, pepper and mineral dusts, water in copper put, and hints of latex and acetone finish. A fiery, moonshiney, cachaça-like gin for punches.
Levantine Gin
84 points
$51
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of kiwi salad, cilantro, oregano, limeade concentrate, and cornichon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy lime flavored Italian ice, prosecco, mixed peppercorns, and juniper berries finish. A tart and citrusy gin for summer punches.
Copper Fox Vir Gin
83 points
$42.99
Clear color. Funky aromas and flavors of brie rinds, pumpkin seeds, whole sunflower seeds, and tomato with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short finish manifesting notes of elotes, eucalyptus, stone pine liqueur, and stewed bananas finish. A funky, savory gin for cocktail play.
83 points $42.99
Copperworks Distilling Company Northwest Small Batch Gin
81 points
$38.95
Clear color. Earthy aromas of fallen citrus, grilled asparagus, raisin bran, linoleum, spent rosemary, and potting soil with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity watery body and a peppery, breezy juniper and peppercorn finish. A funky genever-like gin for cocktail play.
81 points $38.95
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