Full Review

Scottish Kings

Scottish Kings
Highland Dry Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: Scotland
Alcohol: 46%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$50

Scottish Kings
Highland Dry Gin

Category: Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: Scotland
Alcohol: 46%
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon chiffon, lemon verbena relish, floral berry tea infusion, and Dreamsicle with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long finish with impressions of juniper jam on hawaiian bread toast, spiced fruit custard, and floral herbs. A wonderfully bright and creamy Gin with artfully balanced citrus and botanicals; a must for shaken cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Complex, Fruity, Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: meyer lemon chiffon, lemon verbena relish, floral berry tea infusion, and dreamsicle
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of juniper jam on hawaiian bread toast, spiced fruit custard, and floral herbs
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Ramos Gin Fizz, Flip, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wonderfully bright and creamy gin with artfully balanced citrus and botanicals; a must for shaken cocktails.

The Producer

Scottish Kings

The Producer
575 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
USA
1 303-641-2925

Their Portfolio

93 Scottish Kings Highland Dry Gin 46% (Scotland) $50.00.

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.