The term “American” dry gin is key, as most gins that fall outside the traditional London Dry style are typically lighter in juniper notes. Bluecoat holds true to the theme, but does pack a small juniper punch on the nose. Beneath the initial hit of juniper is lots of citrus and a mild, refreshing minty scent.
Take a sip and the 94 proof spirit is thick, luxurious and very easy on the palate. It’s smooth and retains plenty of those citrus flavors, plus some more mint, floral notes and juniper. Hidden in the background are unexpected notes of earthy, nutty wood. Bluecoat finishes moderately long, with some light juniper and mineral notes.
In cocktails, the Bluecoat was great in a Tom Collins, good in a Bees Knees and adequate in a Martini – it got lost a bit without a strong juniper base to stand upon. Next up, I tried a Bluecoat recipe called the Lord Suffolk.
1 3/4 ounces Bluecoat Gin
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz maraschino liqueur
Stir all ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Overall, Bluecoat Gin is a far cry from the London Dry style gins, of which I’m a huge fan. But it tastes good. The well-rounded blend of light juniper with floral notes and citrus makes for a pleasant drinking experience, and it’s a good representation of American gins, a class that includes Portland’s Aviation and San Francisco’s No. 209. Bluecoat might alienate some fans of big juniper gins, but its zesty flavor and easy-to-drink qualities should win it plenty of others.
– 47% Alcohol by Volume
– $25 – $30