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Gin XII

Gin XII
Dry Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 42%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29

Gin XII
Dry Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 42%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spring meadow of flowers and prairie grass, lemon, lime, and blood orange, fennel see with lavender and lemon pepper, and bramble berries with a velvety, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of lemon, mace, and juniper, chamomile and gardenia, red bramble berries, and pepper and coriander. A very pleasing modern interpretation of Gin leaden with citrus, floral, and berry characteristics.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: spring meadow of flowers and prairie grass, lemon, lime, and blood orange, fennel see with lavender and lemon pepper, and bramble berries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of lemon, mace, and juniper, chamomile and gardenia, red bramble berries, and pepper and coriander
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Gin Martini, Gimlet, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very pleasing modern interpretation of Gin leaden with citrus, floral, and berry characteristics.

The Importer

Crillon Importers Ltd.

The Importer
80 Route 4 East
Paramus, NJ 07652
USA
1 201-368-8878

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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.