• Bols Genever Review

    Bols Genever Review

    We spend a good amount of time with gin at Drink Spirits, but usually the gins fall in either the London Dry category (like Beefeaters) or the explosively growing New American gin category (which includes gins like Bluecoat and Organic Nation). One category we don’t get much of is Genever. Genever is the granddaddy of  gin. Invented in Holland, genever is a blend of grain spirits, botanicals and malt wine. Originally created as medicinal, genever got its nickname ‘Dutch courage’ due to the consumption of it by the Dutch army. Genever made its way to England as an alternative to French cognac and became the base from which modern styles of gin evolved. Genever is less known than gin in the US as there are very few companies that have brought a genever product to market. The most notable is […]

     
  • Best Tonic For Gin – Canada Dry vs Fever Tree vs Schweppes and More

    Best Tonic For Gin – Canada Dry vs Fever Tree vs Schweppes and More

    One of the drinks we love in the summer is the classic Gin and Tonic. It’s an easy drink to prepare that doesn’t require any special barware and is a perfect complement to hot summer weather. Choices in tonic water have expanded over the years to include boutique specialty waters that cost as much as $3 per bottle. We were curious if these premium tonic waters make a difference, so we decided to do a blind tasting with our tasting panel of five Gin and Tonics each using a different tonic water. Picking a gin to use for this face off was a difficult choice. While we love Organic Nation’s Gin and often mix with Dry Fly, neither of these gins are widely available nationally. We also considered Junipero Gin and Blue Coat Gin, but ultimately decided on the gold […]

     
  • Bluecoat American Dry Gin Review

    Bluecoat American Dry Gin

    We simply love the marketing around Philadelphia Distilling‘s Bluecoat American Dry Gin. Their concept “We won the Revolutionary War, so why are we stil drinking British gin?!” is a very clever tact. Combine that with their royal blue bottle declaring it as “American Dry Gin” and you’ve got a real stand out on the liquor store shelf. As with many spirits, you can have the best marketing concept in the world, but it doesn’t matter unless the liquid in the bottle delivers. Here’s how the Bluecoat Gin fared with our panel: Bluecoat American Dry Gin (94 proof) – The moment the tasting glass got even remotely close to our noses it was clear that this is an extremely bold and flavorful gin. The beautiful and strong nose has monster notes of lemon and pine with ruby red grapefruit, black pepper, […]

     
  • Dry Fly Vodka, Gin and Whiskey Reviewed

    Dry Fly Vodka, Gin and Whiskey Reviewed

    When it comes to micro-distillers committed to using local, sustainable and quality ingredients and distilling them perfectly, Dry Fly Distilling is blazing trails and making a huge name for itself. The buzz around Dry Fly is warranted. We tried their Vodka, Gin, and Whiskey and found each to be expertly crafted and all delicious. Of the three, our absolute favorite is the Dry Fly Vodka. By definition, vodka is supposed to be a neutral grain spirit, nearly orderless and flavorless. Dry Fly bucks this convention and lets their grain shine through. It’s a bold move that pays off extremely well. Here’s how the Dry Fly spirits fared with our panel: Dry Fly Vodka – (80 proof) For anyone who badmouths vodka as being bland and boring, this is the vodka that will rock your world. With a very sweet nose that […]

     
  • Organic Nation Vodka and Gin Review

    Organic Nation Vodka and Gin Review

    Organic foods have seen an absolute explosion in popularity over the past few years. More people are caring what goes into what they eat and where it comes from. When it comes to distilled spirits, many of these same environmentally-conscious people drink vodka made from the same industrial neutral grain spirit manufactured by ADM. While not every distillery has the capacity to ferment their grains themselves to make vodka, places like Organic Nation are sourcing their neutral grain base spirits from organic and environmentally-sensitive sources. Based in Ashland, Oregon, Organic Nation is a great example of a mico-distillery doing something unique and blazing a trail for the industry. Organic Nation produces two distilled spirits, Organic Nation Vodka and Organic Nation Gin. Of the two, we really fell in love with the Organic Nation Gin, one of our favorite balanced mixing […]

     
  • Rogue Distillery Spirits Reviewed

    Rouge Spirits

    “Some people like our stuff and some people don’t, and that’s just fine with us.” – Gary Fleshman, General Manager, Rogue Ales It was a pretty strong statement that started off my tasting of Rogue Distillery‘s spirits. Best known for their micro-craft beers (like the Dead Guy Ale), Rogue has made a move into the spirits space with a line of Gin, Rum and Whiskey.  With distilleries split between their Oregon coast location and downtown Portland, Rogue doesn’t have the luxury of having all their spirits under the same roof. Their rum, which is distilled from C & H sugar, is done by a single apprentice without the immediate oversight of a master distiller.  Their barrel management also seems to be pretty slip shot, with spirits sitting in a variety of barels at a variety of ages. “We want to get this […]

     
 
 
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