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Posts Tagged ‘Gin’

Review: Martin Miller’s Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 8, 2020

Martin Miller’s Gin is produced at the Langley Distillery upon some of the oldest working copper pot stills in the United Kingdom. The Langley Distillery produces a variety of gins on a contract basis for many different UK producers. (Spanish wines and spirits producer Zamora Company currently own a majority stake in Martin Miller’s Gin.)

According to the Martin Miller’s website the gin produced for them is double distilled (using neutral spirit) on these pot stills with Angelica, Cassia, Coriander, Nutmeg, bitter Orange Peel, dried Lemon Peel, dried Lime Peel, Licorice Root, Florentine Iris, and of course Juniper. (Note: According to an article published in Spirits Business (30th March, 2016), a little bit of cucumber essence is added to the botanical mixture as well.)

Apparently the citrus elements are distilled separately from the other botanicals and the two separate distillates are then blended to the proper flavour profile. Water from Iceland is used to bring the final spirit to bottling strength.

Here is a link to the full review:

Review: Martin Miller’s Gin 

“… I sense a traditional gin spirit with juniper and citrus leading the botanical parade. The citrus in fact dominates at first but after a few moments the juniper finds its legs. Licorice and hints of cinnamon are apparent as is a firm orange liqueur-like aroma similar to Orange Curacao. And then there is something else, perhaps a melding of the cucumber essence with the botanical construct giving the spirit a new twist which I haven’t encountered in gin before …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with my suggested serving, the Gin and Tonic.

Chimo!

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Review: No 3 London Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 6, 2020

Berry Bros. & Rudd is London’s oldest wine and spirits merchant with over 300 years of experience and tradition to draw on. Use this expertise and a team of spirits experts they created No. 3 London Dry Gin. The recipe is based upon three fruits and three spices, and to those I shall speak to in the review. However, I shall say as a bit of foreshadowing, that sometimes artistry can be found in simplicity.

I first sampled the No. 3 Gin at a store called Lacombe Park Spirits in St. Albert, Alberta. I had come to know the proprietors, Karim and his brother Jeff, quite well over the past couple of years, and when Karim discovered that I was about to venture into a series of Gin reviews he insisted that I try one of his favourites.

I was convinced after one sip that this was a gin which I wanted to review, and after contacting the website for No. 3 London Dry Gin, Berry Brothers & Rudd, arranged for me to receive a bottle sample. This was the start of my love affair with No. 3 London Dry Gin. It’s been about nine years since that original review and I have returned to No. 3 Gin a few times already to re-taste and update my findings.

The quality is always present and it remains one of the best gins I have tasted.

Review: No 3 London Dry Gin

“… Juniper leads out strongly into the mouth and can knock the taste-buds for a loop if you grab too much at a time. Although the juniper is firm and unrelenting upon the palate, the other botanicals each leave their mark as well. A lightly sweet orange flavour tends to soften the juniper. The angelica root gives the gin an earthy quality which is no doubt strengthened by an herbal and pungent cardamom. A peppery spiciness is carried forward by the grapefruit and orange peel and this spiciness is strengthened by the cardamom and coriander spices …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two cocktail suggestions, Leo Engels’ 1878 Gin Cocktail. and the No. 3 Classic Martini.

Chimo!

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Review: Prairie Organic (Handcrafted) Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 12, 2020

Prairie Organic Spirits are produced and bottled by Ed Phillips and Sons located in Princeton, Minnesota. Each batch is distilled to taste, not a prescribed number of times, in small batches at Phillips Distilling Company.  According to the company website:

Every batch of our farm-crafted spirits begins as single vintage organic yellow corn grown on family farms. Our farmers grow organically so that our spirits are free of harmful chemicals and GMOs. Growing without herbicides and pesticides requires more time in the field, and more regulations and standards to uphold, but we’re not ones to compromise. From knowing our farmers to distilling every batch until it tastes just right …

In the case of the Prairie Organic Gin, we are given a glimpse of what to expect in terms of flavour as the website tells us to expect;

Bursts of herbs, sage, juniper and exotic spices, complementing a dry and refreshing taste with a long, delicate finish. It’s smooth from the ground up and easy going down.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Prairie Organic (Handcrafted) Gin

“… When I took my first sip, I noticed that there was a stronger push of juniper in the delivery than which was revealed by the nose. This juniper push is accompanied by a soft earthy bitterness which hinted at the presence of angelica and perhaps sage as well. Some anise, citrus peel and hints of cinnamon spice work their way into the flavour profile …”

Please enjoy my review which includes the serving suggestion, Gin and Lime.

Chimo!

 

 

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Review: Scapegrace Small Batch Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 6, 2020

Scapegrace Dry Gin is produced in New Zealand, by Rouge Society Distilling. Their New Zealand gin was of course called Rouge Society Gin which worked out quite well until it was pointed out that a beer company in America had a similar name. This prevented Rouge Society from being able to export their gin into the European Union as the beer company apparently got their first. Looking for a new name, the rouge gentleman settled upon Scapegrace which apparently is an eighteenth century word for rouge.

The company produces three gins, their Premium Dry Gin which is the subject of this review, a Premium Gold Dry Gin and a Premium Black Dry Gin.

The Premium Dry Gin is apparently produced upon a 19th century John Dore Still using 12 classic botanicals, juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander seeds, nutmeg, cardamom pods, angelica root, cloves, licorice root, orris root, cinnamon sticks, cassia bark, and dried tangerine.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Scapegrace Small Batch Dry Gin

“… Juniper and licorice play alongside fresh citrus zest and lightly spicy cardamom notes. These scents and aromas all seem softened somewhat with a touch of warm earthiness implied. Faint wisps from the other botanicals seem to weave in and out. The cinnamon and nutmeg add just a touch of pungency to the breezes, and hints of both orange and lemon appear and disappear …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Gin Martini.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Beefeater London Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 5, 2020

Beefeater London Dry Gin is currently produced in Kennington, a district of South East London, in the United Kingdom. The company has roots stretching back to 1820 when the Chelsea Distillery was constructed on Cale Street and served as the first home for Beefeater Gin. The founder of the company, James Burrough, was not born until 1835, and it was not until about 1876 that the Beefeater brand was created from gin produced at the Chelsea Distillery. Over time the brand has changed locations twice, first in 1908 to Hutton Road, and then in 1958 to its present location in Kennington.

The Beefeater Gin website lists nine ingredients which are used to flavour the gin: Juniper, Lemon Peel, Seville Orange Peel, Almonds, Orris Root, Coriander Seed, Angelica Seed, Angelica Root, and Licorice Root. The list classic ingredients for a typical London Dry Gin.

In Canada, the Beefeater spirit is sold at 40 % abv.. Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: Beefeater London Dry Gin

“… As I sniff the glass I get the impression that I am going to find the Beefeater Gin to be a very laid back and gentle spirit. Soft piny notes of juniper and earthy notes of licorice arise beside fresh scents of orange and lemon zest. A touch of coriander spiciness is present as well …”

Please enjoy my fresh look at Beefeater London Dry Gin, which concluded with my suggested cocktail the Beefeater, Lime and Tonic (The BLT).

Chimo!

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