Gin Part 1
 

Best Gin

 

The Fifty Best Gin Tasting 2022


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a "blind" tasting of 46 gins (Traditional/London Dry, modern/contemporary, botanical) with fourteen members of our spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The gins were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double-Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. Medals are provided based entirely on merit and only to products judged worthy of such award.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, states, countries of origin and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand. Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Fundy Gin
(Still Fired Distilleries, Nova Scotia, Canada) 80° prf

Nose: Fresh lemon, bright lemon, lemon/lime soda, lemon marmalade, grapefruit, citrus, tangerine, guava, mango, passion fruit, strawberry, cantaloupe, acai berry, peach cream, vanilla, bright cucumber, orange blossom, floral juniper, piney juniper, pine, incense, allspice, coriander, clove, saline.
Palate: Lemon, lemon verbena, lime zest, orange peel, tangerine, cherry, fruit cocktail, fruity gum, marigolds, lilac, dried flowers, floral, big juniper, Masala Chai, anise, black licorice, orris root, caraway, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, wintergreen, menthol, baby powder, a great blend of floral and citrus, fresh.
Finish: Lemon, lime, lemon cream pie, sweet citrus, ginger, juniper forward, vanilla, buttery pea flower, floral, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, carraway, pepper, resin, talc, mineral, wet stones, wet stones, flavorful, persistent, smooth, pleasant, classic.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Fundy Gin



Mallette Bros. Handcrafted Gin
(Red River Brewing Co. & Distillery, NM) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime, lemon curd, lemon cream, grapefruit, yuzu, tangerine, honey & lemon balm, sarsaparilla, root beer, tea, lavender, juniper, floral juniper, piney juniper, pine forest, pine, celery, mint, thyme, fresh sage, coriander, sweet spices, classic gin, mesmerizing.
Palate: Lemon, lemon verbena, lime, dried lime peel, zesty orange, citrus bomb, honeydew melon, cucumber, vegetal, herbal, tea, lemongrass, eucalyptus, juniper, floral juniper, lavender, violets, floral, fresh picked sage, tarragon, cardamom, thyme, pine, dry, zesty.
Finish: Lemon, citrus, lemon peel, lime peel, dried lime peel, touch of grapefruit peel, dried citrus, lime oil, lemongrass notes, fresh violet, Earl Grey tea, delicate mint, grassy, juniper, honey, cinnamon, limestone, balanced, smooth, creamy, savory, beautiful.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Mallette Bros. Handcrafted Gin



Hepple Gin
(Hepple Spirits Co., UK) 90° prf

Nose: Juniper, juniper berries, delicate juniper, piney juniper, lime, citrus bomb, lemon balm, lemongrass, violets, eucalyptus, peppermint, watercress, celery, clean, London dry, classic.
Palate: Lemon, sweet lemon, lime, piney juniper, lemon, peach, dried mango, honeycomb, creamy, vanilla, pastry frosting, fruity juniper, juniper, fennel, eucalyptus, menthol, grassy, herbs, coriander, pink peppercorn, white peppercorn, balanced heat, textured, crisp, zesty, perfect for gin & tonics.
Finish: Lime, lemon, lemon candy, orange, dried grapefruit, dried fruit, fruit gum, juniper slide into citrus pool, piney juniper, anise, mint, fresh pepper, nice kick, balanced, even, well made, nice, pleasant, great up, tasty, yummy.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Hepple Gin



Bareksten Botanical Gin
(Stig Bareksten at Oss Craft Distillery, Norway) 92° prf

Nose: Lime, lime zest, lime peel, dried lemon, citrus, citrusy juniper, herbal juniper, peppery juniper, floral juniper, violets, mountain flowers, floral notes, fresh herbs, herbal, mint, eucalyptus, grass, peas, tomato, vegetal.
Palate: Lemon peel, verbena, dried orange, citrus, lemon curd, apple, honey, vanilla, lavender, violets, juniper, herbal juniper, mint, menthol, grass, tea, herbs, basil, celery seed, tarragon, sweet coriander, cinnamon, clove, spice mix, peppery spice, Angelica root, iris root, green forest floor, pine, pine trees, lively, zesty.
Finish: Heavy juniper, floral juniper, floral citrus notes, grapefruit, lavender, potpourri, rose sorbet, blackberry, green peas, anise, grass, mint, pine, sweet coriander, spice mix, spicy, balanced, great, elegant.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Bareksten Botanical Gin



Musgrave Crafted Gin
(Hope on Hopkins, So. Africa) 86° prf

Nose: Floral juniper, bold juniper, piney juniper, pine needle, lemon peel, vibrant lime juice, lemon tart, marmalade, berry cake, mint, fresh mint leaves, grass, celery, vegetal, Angelica root, black pepper, forest floor, zesty, classic gin.
Palate: Lemon, lemon verbena, citrus peel, lemon curd, lemon custard, lime soufflé, candied ginger, orange, green melon, celery, lavender, mint, menthol, anise, black licorice, juniper, piney juniper, pine, grassy, coriander, cloves, black pepper, peppery spice, peppercorns, pink peppercorn, wet stones, rich.
Finish: Lime, lime zest, Key lime pie, lemon curd, vanilla cream, vanilla, honey, rose sorbet, saffron, juniper, wintermint, minty, lemongrass, eucalyptus, menthol, licorice, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, pine, nice, rich, creamy.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Musgrave Crafted Gin




Waterloo No. 9 Gin

(Treaty Oak Distilling, TX) 94° prf

Nose: Lemon, Meyer lemon, dried lemon peel, verbena, lemon curd, grapefruit, citrus, watermelon juice, juniper, floral juniper, floral, herbal, grassy, orris, wet stone, London dry, bright, pretty.
Palate: Lemon tisane, citrus, lemon cream, vanilla, cream, mango, passion fruit, berry, hints of pineapple, juniper, juniper berry, lightly floral, violets, verbena tea, herbal tea, spearmint, lemon thyme, celery seed, coriander, clove, black peppercorn, wormwood, mineral,very smooth, soft, creamy.
Finish: Meyer lemon peel, citrus, sweet citrus, dried grapefruit, dried mango, vanilla, juniper, spearmint, green bell pepper, peppers, pink peppercorn, black pepper, great balance, nice heat, clean, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Waterloo No. 9 Gin



Kupu Gin
(Kupu Spirits, Maui, HI) 92° prf

Nose: Meyer lemon, lemon peel, Yuzu juice, Fuji apple, Granny Smith apple, mango, guava, grape, sweet berry, pear, cucumber, honeycomb, honey, caramel, juniper, floral juniper, floral hops, lavender, saffron, sage leaves, cedar, sweet oak.
Palate: Lemon, Meyer lemon, lemon peel, orange, citrus, mango, vanilla, celery, anise, herbs, lemongrass, grassy, rosewater, violets, chamomile, cardamom, coriander, juniper, clove, peppery spice, creamy mouthfeel, voluminous, crisp, zesty, classic gin, perfect.
Finish: Lemon, lemon custard, lemon meringue pie, vibrant citrus, dried citrus, dried peach, Juicy Fruit gum, vanilla, juniper, mint, ginger, peppery, heavy tannins, very nice, lovely.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Kupu Gin



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

NDC New Zealand Navy Strength Gin
(The National Distillery Co., NZ) 116° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime, citrus, lemon/lime soda, tangerine, watermelon, dried cherry, red berry, juniper berries, subtle juniper, herbal, mint, steeped tea, dry leaves, spice, fresh laundry, clean, crisp.
Palate: Lemon, sweet lemon, cracked juniper berry, herbal juniper, vanilla, violet, chamomile, lavender, black licorice, eucalyptus, steeped tea, dry leaves, coriander, allspice, clove, spice, black pepper, high mineral, castile soap, pine, oak, classic gin.
Finish: Lemon, berry patch, juniper, fresh violet, jasmine, geranium, mint, coriander seeds, cumin, cinnamon, spicy, white pepper, peppercorn, pink peppercorn, resin, mineral, stone, light wood, nice heat, balanced, smooth, rich.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



NDC New Zealand Navy Strength Gin



Martin Miller's 80 Proof Gin
(UK) 80° prf

Nose: Bright lemon zest, lemon bomb, lime, lemon/lime soda, lemon Jolly Rancher, Key lime pie, lime tart, tangerine, dried cherry, berries, crushed berries, honey, tutti frutti bubblegum, fruity juniper, vanilla, fresh cream, orange blossom, violet, subtle floral, wheat, celery salt, soft, pretty, summer.
Palate: Lemon, lemon peel, lemon drop, lime souffle, orange, tangerine, clementine, sweet raspberry, fresh berries, sweet watermelon, pear, apricot, fruit gum, soft orange blossom, violets, floral, new flowers, floral vanilla, juniper, vegetal, grassy, herbaceous, black licorice, clove, sweet cream, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Lemon drop, lemon custard, honeydew, fresh watermelon juice, bubble gum, juniper, winter mint, eucalyptus, grass, lemon blossoms, geraniums, flowery, floral talc, vegetal, raw almond, tarragon, rosemary, tannins, resin, woodsy, smooth, rich, pleasant, lovely.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Martin Miller's 80 Proof Gin



Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
(Radico Khaitan, India) 86° prf

Nose: Lime, lemon zest, Key lime pie, 7UP, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, watermelon, coconut, sweet berry, dried cherry, fruit gum, ginger ale, delicate juniper, orange blossom, fresh herb, light coriander, eucalyptus, basil, pine sap, wet rocks.
Palate: Lemon peel, pink grapefruit, orange, tangerine, sweet citrus, peach, honey, pastry frosting, vanilla, juniper, rose blossom, violets, floral, sweet tea, mint, tomato leaf, basil, celery seed, allspice, pepper, white peppercorn, fresh, round, lovely.
Finish: Lemon, Meyer lemon, lime, lime peel, bright citrus, flowery, floral, saffron, celery, herbal notes, minty, light menthol, cinnamon, spicy, resin, mineral, smooth, even, pleasant, beautiful, delicious, great for cocktails.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin



Collective Arts Artisanal Dry Gin
(Collective Arts Distilling, Ontario, Canada) 87° prf

Nose: Lime zest, Sprite, orange zest, tangerine, dried mango, dried cherry, rum cake, spiced cake, fresh herbs, anise, rose petal tea, black tea leaf, dill, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, dried spices, fall leaves, cedar, pine, cherry wood, minerality.
Palate: Orange peel, verbena, cherry, dried cherry, rhubarb, peach, roses, violet, tea, raisin bran cereal, cracked juniper berry, dried celery leaf, pickles, carrot, peppers, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking spices, white pepper, pink peppercorns, anise, mint, pine, menthol, chalk.
Finish: Lemon peel, grapefruit zest, dried peaches, vanilla, dried violet, black tea leaves, saffron, basil, lemongrass, grassy, dill, mint, wintermint, black licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, hints of clove, white peppercorn, wet stone, tasty.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Collective Arts Artisanal Dry Gin



Petoskey Stone Botanical Gin
(High Five Spirits, MI) 80° prf

Nose: Juniper, herbal juniper, floral juniper, lavender, rose water, chamomile, Earl Grey tea, green tea leaves, cucumber, lime zest, crunchy leaves, celery salt, coriander, sandalwood, pistachio shells, earth, granite, wet stone, fresh cut cedar, dogwood, woody.
Palate: Zingy lemon, lemon peel, lemon meringue, grapefruit, celery, fennel, piney, strong juniper, floral juniper, lavender, rosewater, violets, sandalwood, dried herbs, grassy herbs, herbaceous, herbal, purple sage, oregano, Gentian root, cloves, cinnamon, kitchen spices, granite, woody, vanilla.
Finish: Orange peel, dried orange, grapefruit, lemon, herbal juniper, lavender, lemongrass, grassy notes, dried leaves, tea leaves, wintermint, spearmint, cinnamon, cloves, spices, earthy, woody, mineral, vanilla, sweet note, pleasant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Petoskey Stone Botanical Gin



Wilds Fine American Gin
(CJ Spirits, PA) 84° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime, orange peel, dried citrus, fruit gum, violets, lavender, flowers, floral, juniper, herbal juniper, malt, clove, cinnamon, grassy, carrot, snap peas, green beans, cucumber, pickled cucumber, pickles, brine.
Palate: Lemon peel, lemon curd, candied orange, berry, bubblegum, floral, juniper, Earl Grey tea, Thai basil, dill, ripe cucumber, celery, green pepper, carrot, vegetal, mint, hyssop, eucalyptus, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, mustard seed, spicy, brine, wet forest floor, woody.
Finish: Lime peel, dried citrus, cherry, dried berries, honey, fruit gum, winter mint, spearmint, ginger, juniper, creamed spinach, fennel, celery, celery seed, myrtle, nutty, peppercorn, pink peppercorns, mineral, resin, wood, complex, smooth, easy, pleasant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Wilds Fine American Gin



Indlovu Original Foraged Gin
(IBHU, So. Africa) 86° prf

Nose: Lemon, dried lemon, lime peel, orange, citrus, sweet berry, juniper berries, juniper, peppery juniper, angelica root, ginger, white flowers, herbal, grassy herbs, grassy, fresh hay, earth, vanilla, oak.
Palate: Lemon, Meyer lemon, citrus, nice citrus, sweet citrus, stewed fruit, bit tropical, floral, ginger, juniper, vanilla, dough, anise, herbal, mint, lemongrass, grassy, angelica root, coriander, spice, earth, creamy, rich.
Finish: Sweet citrus, floral, lemongrass, grassy, mint, coriander, tea, tannic, earth, vanilla, woody, nice balance, interesting, fresh, delicate, mellow, smooth, creamy, great.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



   Indlovu Original Foraged Gin



Tiger Gin
(The Shropshire Gin Co., England, UK) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon, dried lemon, citrus, muted juniper, herbal, elderflower, muted jasmine, lightly floral, greenhouse, delicate.
Palate: Extreme lemon, dried lemon, lime, citrus, layers of citrus, apricot, jasmine, rose petals, floral, grains, wheat, super light juniper, mint, herbs, bay leaf, pepper, creamy mouthfeel, nicely balanced.
Finish: Juniper, citrusy, well balanced, balanced heat, viscous, smooth, soft, delicate, great.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



   Tiger Gin



Mianda’s Oregon Summer Dry Gin
(Ewing Young Distillery, OR) 84° prf

Nose: Lime, citrus, classic juniper, botanical juniper, elegant flowers, floral, perfume, honey, cardamom, piney fresh.
Palate: Lime, lemon, lemon zest, bergamot, clementine, citrus, lemon cream, honey, violet, lavender, floral, botanical, juniper, vegetal, caraway, cardamom, viscous, creamy.
Finish: Lime, lemon peel, citrus, juniper, herb spices, peppery notes, earth, rich, nice, smooth, beautiful.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



   Mianda’s Oregon Summer Dry Gin



NDC New Zealand Dry Gin
(The National Distillery Co., NZ) 88° prf

Nose: Lime peel, citrus peel, lemon verbena, lemon marmalade, 7UP, orange, tangerine, crenshaw melon, violet, juniper, herbal juniper, bran cereal, almond, fennel, eucalyptus, grassy, dried leaves, cassia, quinine, cinchona, cinnamon, touch of cloves, spruce tree, woody.
Palate: Lemon, lemon peel, lemon verbena, bergamot, grapefruit, orange, honeycomb, vanilla, jasmine, flowers, steeped tea, floral juniper, piney juniper, pine, grass, celery seed, coriander, cinnamon, clove, pink peppercorn, baked bread, castile soap, powdery, sweet, complex.
Finish: Lemon peel, lime skin, lemongrass, mint, wintermint, anise, vanilla, chamomile, juniper, pine, nettle, clove, cinnamon, spicy, mineral, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



NDC New Zealand Dry Gin



Tommy Bahama Island Gin
(Coral Cay Distilling, WA) 93° prf

Nose: Juniper forward, herbal juniper, pickled cucumbers, pickled radishes, pickled vegetables, brine, olives, cucumber, peas, broccoli, green vegetables, vegetal, corn, pear, dill, grass, mint, tea, dry leaves, spice cake, tarragon, mustard seed, pepper, pine, cedar, leather.
Palate: Celery, celery root, celery seed, cucumber, macerated cucumbers, peas, green beans, vegetal, dill weed, grass, lemongrass, citrus, mint, licorice, violet, strawberry, oregano, coriander, pink peppercorn, briny, earth, tangy.
Finish: Cucumber, cucumber salad, green beans, anise, vegetal, mint, violet, cumin, coriander, grain, vanilla, resin, smooth, bright, refreshing, nice, pleasant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Tommy Bahama Island Gin



Musgrave Pink Rose Gin
(Hope on Hopkins, So. Africa) 86° prf

Nose: Elderberry, watermelon, dried cherry, cassis, raspberry tea, rose petals, rosehips, rose, rose water, lavender, hibiscus, floral, floral juniper, sumac, Angelica root, lemon thyme, perfume, pretty.
Palate: Lemon peel, orange peel, citrus, rose, rosehips, rose petals, rosewater, elderflower, geranium, floral blossoms, dried flowers, fruit gummy bears, Juicy Fruit gum, vanilla, cassis, cracked juniper, soft herbs, coriander, allspice, cloves, menthol, perfumed, pine, creamy.
Finish: Roses, violet, flowery, floral juniper, cracked juniper berry, pistachio oil, saline, herbal tea, mint, very perfumed, nice, smooth, pleasant, beautiful, elegant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Musgrave Pink Rose Gin



Bellewood Gin
(Bellewood Distillery, WA) 90° prf

Nose: Tangerine, citrus, hints of orange, lemon marmalade, plum, Juicy Fruit gum, dark sugar, caramel, fresh cream, whipped cream, vanilla, pastry, bread, raisin bran cereal, sweet bran cereal, floral juniper, violet, herbs, wet rocks, wood, applejack.
Palate: Lemon, grapefruit, lemon verbena flowers, violets, rose, jasmine, lavender, geranium, sweet floral, honey, creamy, caramel, vanilla, anise, pine juniper, dried herb, green grass, coriander, clove, chili pepper, pink peppercorn, oak.
Finish: Lemon bar, sweet citrus, juniper, floral juniper, vanilla, vegetal, grassy, dark tea, clove, pepper, woody notes, nice balance, soft, pleasant, pretty, lovely, beautiful.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Bellewood Gin



Nordés Gin
(Spain) 80° prf.

Nose: Sweet raspberries, blackberries, lime, orange, tangerine, mango, banana, watermelon, Bazooka Joe bubblegum, Juicy Fruit gum, violets, roses, lavender, floral bomb, floral juniper, peppermint, vegetal, Dijon mustard.
Palate: Lemon crème, lemon balm, pineapple, fresh banana, watermelon, cherry, bubblegum, vanilla, pastry, floral juniper, nicely floral, violets, lavender, roses, rosewater, honeysuckle, blossoms, potpourri, tea, minty, ginger, cinnamon, clove, pepper, pretty.
Finish: Lemon verbena, rose water, perfumed rose, lavender, jasmine, dried violet, blossom, floral, floral talc, wintermint, grass, thyme, marjoram, vanilla, dessert cocktail, smooth, persistent, very different, delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Nordés Gin



Mirari 23 Carat Gold Celebration Gin
(Time Anchor Distillery, So. Africa) 86° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon peel, lime peel, citrus peel, orange peel, citrus, tangerine, lemon marmalade, lavender, rosewater, potpourri, floral, classic juniper, winter green, clove, white pepper, peanut shells, amazing, lovely.
Palate: Lemon peel, lemon rind, lime peel, orange blood orange, Key lime custard, lemon custard, vanilla, sweet blackberries, fresh cucumber juice, rose, floral, saffron, cracked juniper berry, juniper, celery salt, coriander, mint, eucalyptus, menthol, lemongrass, grassy, grain, slightly spicy, zippy.
Finish: Lime, bright citrus, hints of grapefruit, blood orange zest, lemon crème, orange blossom, unexpected rose, floral, saffron, juniper, spearmint, eucalyptus, menthol, pepper, black pepper, good for cocktails, great for a Bloody Mary, nice, clean, bright, rich.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Mirari 23 Carat Gold Celebration Gin



West Branch Gin
(West Branch Distilling Co., PA) 86° prf

Nose: Lime peel, lemon peel, honey, dates, sarsaparilla, wintergreen, celery, basil, herbal juniper, piney juniper, woody juniper, spiced cake, sweet spices, cinnamon, coriander, clove, pink peppercorn, hops, tree bark, minerals.
Palate: Lemon peel, Kaffir lime leaves, lemon bar, orange, raspberry, rose, carrot, fennel, anise, black licorice, menthol, mint, herbal juniper, herbs, tea, grassy, hops, Angelica root, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, peppercorns, pink peppercorns, peppery, leather.
Finish: Lemon, orange, dried cherry, violets, dried violets, floral, juniper, pistachio oil, licorice, anise, mint, eucalyptus, clove, cinnamon, piney, Douglas fir, resin, mineral, wet stone, balanced, layered, rich.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



West Branch Gin



Blue Spirits Ghost #6
American Northwest Gin

(Blue Spirits Distilling, WA) 89° prf.

Nose: Citrus peel, clementine, rose hips, mint, juniper, almonds, almond bark, raisin bran, saffron, hints of cucumber, green beans, vegetal, fresh-cut grass, cloves, brine, cedar, pine, clean linen, classic.
Palate: Lemon, lime, blueberry, cherry, raisin cake, vanilla, crème brulée, honeycomb, juniper, rosewater, rose, grassy, green beans, cucumber, cucumber salad, vegetal, saffron, herbs, dried herbs, mint, eucalyptus, hops, Angelica root, coriander, peppercorns, pink peppercorns, clean, fresh.
Finish: Vanilla, cream, sweet citrus, pear, macerated cucumbers, cucumber, celery leaf, grass, mint, dried mint, violet, juniper, tarragon, resin, minerals, complex, spa day, great up, nice, delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Blue Spirits Ghost #6 Gin



Blue Rascal Gin
(Blue Rascal Distillery, NJ) 93° prf.

Nose: Fresh lime, dried lime, orange peel, watermelon, stewed strawberries, sweet corn, honey, honey comb, toffee, cream, citrus pastry, cupcakes, spice cake, grain, raisin bran cereal, rose, lilac, floral, juniper, herbal juniper, anise, wormwood, sandalwood, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, clove, oak note.
Palate: Lemon peel, verbena, lime soufflé, citrus, peach, dried peach, strawberry, mango, dates, tropical fruit, fruity juniper, vanilla, cream, pastry, grain, floral, herbs, anise, mint, spearmint, menthol, lemongrass, tea, cinnamon, cassia, clove, pink peppercorn, white pepper, nettles, woodsy, Pine.
Finish: Lemon, Key lime juice, citrus peel, lemon cream, fruity peach yogurt, peach, golden raisins, honey, vanilla bean, vanilla wafers, juniper, cashew, pistachio oil, saffron, spearmint, mint, menthol, cinnamon, creamy, smooth, unique.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Blue Rascal Gin



Blue Spirits Blue Wind #4 Gin
(Blue Spirits Distilling, WA) 92° prf.

Nose: Lemon, tangerine, dried lemon, orange blossom, floral blossoms, juniper, honey, vanilla bean, creamy vanilla, toffee, caramel, toasted coconut, roasted nuts, tea, spearmint, herbs, basil, dry leaves, oil soap, resin, burning wet wood, wood shavings, Douglas fir, pine tree.
Palate: Lemon, dried citrus, lime leaf, creamy lemon custard, passion fruit, fruit gum, fruity juniper, ginger, root beer, vanilla, caramel, honeysuckle, lavender, rosewater, steeped tea, dry leaves, herbal, mint, cardamom, peppery spice, pepper, woody, viscous, creamy.
Finish: Sweet lemons, citrus, fruit gum, honey, toasted Graham crackers, vanilla, cream, caramel, pistachio oil, mint, steeped tea, coriander seed, pepper, saline, mineral, well balanced, complex, clean, easy, soft.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Blue Spirits Blue Wind #4 Gin



GinRaw Gastronomic Gin
(Mediterranean Premium Spirits, Spain) 84.6° prf.

Nose: Lemon peel, lime peel, lemon meringue, lemon cream, Key lime pie, orange peel, delicate citrus, rose petals, strong juniper, almond, celery, celery salt, cinnamon bark, Christmas tree, sandalwood, toasted bran, earth.
Palate: Lemon peel, lemon/lime soda, grapefruit, orange, bergamot, delicate citrus, anise, celery, carrot, juniper forward, creamy, vanilla, rose petals, roses, lavender, violets, herbs, mint, lemongrass, grassy, pine, clove, cardamom, peppercorn, crisp.
Finish: Lime, tangerine, citrus, blueberry, white mulberry, juniper, fennel, anise, black licorice, mint, jasmine, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorn, resin, minerals, soft, pleasant, comes alive, a great sipping gin..


Gold Medal
Gold medal



GinRaw Gastronomic Gin



Simon’s 1794 American Dry Gin
(Starlight Distillery, IN) 92.4° prf.

Nose: Lime, lemon, tangerine, orange,citrus, pear, yellow cake, vanilla, cream, frosting, candy necklace, Masala chai, root beer, juniper, herbal juniper, lavender, floral, floral hops, caraway seeds, grassy, pine.
Palate: Lime, lemon curd, orange, citrus, funfetti cake with lemon frosting, custard, Masala chai, licorice candy, anise, elderflower, dried flowers, floral, juniper, tea, herbs, mint, menthol, allspice, cinnamon, thyme, cloves, Angelica, quillaia, pine.
Finish: Lime zest, fruit gum, vanilla, pastry, juniper, herbal juniper, spiced juniper, thyme, cloves, mint, mineral, resin, woody, balanced, even, different, smooth, nice, pretty.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Simon’s 1794 American Dry Gin

 

 



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