Bluecoat American Dry Gin Review

Bluecoat American Dry Gin
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, anise and cucumber. The taste is monstrous with huge notes of pine, big spicy pepper on the tongue, orange peel, herbal notes and more sweet pine. The finish is very, very long with predominately orange peel left on the palate and a nice, slightly minty cooling. The Bluecoat Gin is strong enough to stand up in even the most hearty cocktail – it’s bold, strong and a real stand out. It reminds us a lot of Ransom Small’s Gin, but where that one failed (being way, way, way too cardamom heavy), this one succeeds (strong with balance).

Bluecoat American Dry Gin made our panel go “WOW”. It was a clear standout tasted next to other similar gins in our blind tasting and impressed us with its bold and flavorful style.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin Rating:
Very Highly Recommended – an extraordinarily bold and flavorful gin tough enough to stand up to the toughest cocktails.

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+Geoff Kleinman, is the founder, and managing editor of He is a nationally recognized spirits columnist and staff reviewer for Whisky Advocate Magazine. Geoff's work has appeared in dozens of major magazines including Playboy Magazine, Black Book, and Mixology Magazine. He is a current sitting judge for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the founder of the Society of Modern Journalists, holds BAR certification from the Beverage Alcohol Resource Group, is a Certified Cognac Educator, and a Kentucky Colonel