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April 2023 - Gin

April 2023 - Gin
This month's Spirits feature is Gin

Gin Reviews

Hooghoudt 23 Year Old Cask Strength Barrel-Aged Genever
97 points
$229
Lovers of Navy Strength Gin and well aged cask strength Scotch unite; this is an amazing experience that you need to taste.
Wikinger Noorgaard Gin
96 points
Gin
A lovely, savory, complex, and earthy Gin that pops with mint and coriander.
Spirit of HVEN Organic Gin
96 points
$20
Best Buy
A fascinating and floral Gin that will add a very welcome savory and perfumed note to any cocktail.
96 points $20 Best Buy
Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin
96 points
$37
An incredibly clean distillate that does not show the higher ABV and sings with complex, slightly sweet botanicals.
Bristow 7 Year Old Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
96 points
$99
Scotch and oatmeal cookies come through on the nose followed by a savory Gin presence on the palate; this is truly delightful.
Citadelle Gin
95 points
$25
Best Buy
Gin
With some welcomed bonus citrus expressions this is an excellent Martini Gin, yet well crafted enough to sip alone.
95 points $25 Best Buy
Spirit of HVEN Stella Nova Barrel Aged Gin
95 points
$30
A stunning Gin with outstanding aromatics like baking spices on the nose and palate with delicate juniper and botanicals lingering on the finish.
Bristow 1 Year Old Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
95 points
$49
Sweet and inviting, this tastes like drinking a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting; would make a killer Old Fashioned or be the perfect after dinner treat.
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Solera Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
95 points
$59
Sweet, rich barrel tones plushly enhance the fruit and botanicals with honey; a beautiful sipping Gin.
Old Islandia Gin
94 points
$35
Gin
A delicate, lovely Gin that balances sweet and savory flavors with the traditional juniper being a bit subdued.
Mahon Gin
94 points
$36
Gin
A touch anise forward and with a beautiful balance of juniper and citrus against a hint of sweetness.
Highclere Castle London Dry Gin
94 points
$39
A classic London Dry with some nice earthy and sweet base notes making this Gin just a delightful take on the standard.
Hooghoudt Raw Genever Holland Gin
94 points
$40
Genever straight from the still and proofed down; a deliciously fascinating example in Gin education.
Atian Rose Gin
94 points
$47
A Gin with a very restrained and floral nose, well integrated fruit and whispers of juniper and herbal tones; use in a dry Martini garnished with a Kafir lime.
Cemetery Gin
94 points
$47
Gin
Holds the ABV exceedingly well and uses a traditional blend of Gin botanicals to great effect by sticking to the basics of excellent distillation.
Archipelago Botanical Gin
94 points
$49
An assertive, interesting flavor profile integrates and simply works with some lively spices not traditionally associated with western style Gin.
Prohibition Liquor Co Navy Strength Gin
94 points
$50
A gold star example in the category of Navy Strength Gin.
Bristow 4 Year Old Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
94 points
$74
An interesting and spicy orange nose that comes alive as Gin with juniper and cardamon on the palate.
Roku Gin
93 points
$27
Gin
A deceivingly simple Gin that impresses with precise flavors that are superbly executed through the distillation process.
Hooghoudt 6 Year Oloroso Cask Barrel-Aged Genever
93 points
$40
Pair this aged Genever with a cigar on a cool autumn night and ponder the layers of flavor complexity.
G’Vine Nouaison Gin
93 points
$48
A luscious and floral Gin that is totally dry but gives the impression of sweetness through vanilla, anise, and flowers.
Nouaison Cognac Cask Aged Reserve Gin Batch LP-A20103
93 points
$48
Delicious barrel flavors mingle in harmony with the botanicals; a lovely sipper with quiet aromatics.
Prohibition Liquor Co Original Gin
93 points
$50
Citrus and juniper with wisps of vanilla, this is a classic and versatile Gin; definitely try in a Last Word.
Prohibition Liquor Co Juniperus Gin
93 points
$50
An intriguing and contemplative sipper that would be an excellent base in traditional cocktails and keeps you coming back to keep finding added layers of complexity.
Bristow Gin
92 points
$34
Gin
A clean and well balanced distillate with spice and fruit components that provide nice counterpoints of flavor.
Amrut Nilgiris Indian Dry Gin
92 points
$37
Earthy and savory, this Gin has aromas reminiscent and in line with herbal green tea; will be excellent in a G&T.
Ramsbury Single Estate London Dry Gin
92 points
$39
A very well executed distillation with a pleasing peppery and savory element that makes this well positioned for use in apéritif style cocktails.
Citadelle Jardin DÉté Gin
91 points
$24
Best Buy
A modern and fruit forward style of Gin; such clean distillate and vibrant flavors that it can't be called anything other than delicious.
91 points $24 Best Buy
Fords London Dry Gin
91 points
$28
A lovely London Dry with a satisfying twist of vanilla.
Luis Gin 8 Gin
89 points
$23
Gin
A very nice example of a modernist style Gin with the fruit essence leading the herbal and juniper tones.
Solaro Capri Gin
89 points
$120
Subtle yet pronouncedly aromatic and layered; this Gin smells and tastes like a spice shoppe where every moment there is a new flavor or aroma being detected.
Aviation Gin
88 points
$25
Gin
Subtle and well crafted, this is a good introduction to Gin with pleasing botanical notes and restraint on the juniper.
Lux & Umbra London Dry Gin
88 points
$27
A natural pairing for a cocktail garnished with bleu cheese olives.
Rainier Mountain Fresh Gin
88 points
$29
A zesty and inviting style of dry Gin with a slightly fruity New World twist.
Magellan Iris Flavored Gin
88 points
$30
The gorgeous faint blue color hints at the subtle flower tones and vibrant citrus at play over a restrained juniper back drop.
Tom’s Town Gin
88 points
$32
Gin
A Gin with pleasing botanicals in a rustic and woodsy sort of way.
Conniption Kinship Gin
88 points
$34
A beautiful color with vibrant herbal and fruity tones that will make a fun cocktail to share with friends.
Spirit Hound Distillers Gin
88 points
$35
Gin
Complex and highly interesting; like a cross section of traditional Gin with Pastis and black tea.
Woodland Gin
88 points
$38
Gin
Fruity on the nose and a touch hot on its own, but an excellent base for traditional Gin cocktails.
Tulchan Speyside London Dry Gin
88 points
$40
A slightly higher proof Gin with great herbal tones and a touch of salinity; a perfect Martini base and a great pairing with oysters.
Bardenay London Style Dry Gin
87 points
$29
The juniper and botanicals are there but lighter than anticipated; a delicate Gin.
Bluecoat American Dry Gin
87 points
$29
Complex and interestingly layered with unexpected aromas and flavors.
Las Californias Citrico Flavored Gin
87 points
$29
Fun a for a citrus twist in classic shaken Gin cocktails.
Martin Miller’s Gin
87 points
$29
Gin
Fun, fruity, and vibrant; its playful fruit forwardness lends itself to mixing into new takes on classic cocktails.
Long Road Distillers Sovereign Gin
87 points
$34
An absolutely gorgeous color that will add some magic in various cocktail applications.
Georgetown Gin Texas Dry Gin
87 points
$37
A fascinating melange of botanicals at play that are tasty and not entirely expected.
Hooghoudt Sweet Spiced Genever
86 points
$20
Layers of sweet pastry flavors are accented by delicious baking spices in this Genever.
Malfy Rosa Pink Grapefruit Gin
86 points
$28
Solid for a flavored Gin; integrates well without completely losing the identity of Gin while adding some fun, playful, fruity flavors.
Las Californias Nativo Gin
86 points
$29
A very interesting and exotic nose loaded with fruit.
Bluecoat Barrel-Finished Dry Gin
86 points
$33
A very nice Gin that should play well in cocktails, especially due to the slightly elevated alcohol and barrel notes.
High Goal Luxury Gin
86 points
$53
A very light and refreshing melange of citrus and mint; a tasty base for Spring cocktails without the heavy juniper influence.
Shelter Distilling O’Pinyon Gin
85 points
$42
A very interesting Gin on the sweeter and fruitier side that opens up even more when diluted.
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