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Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin Review

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin Review

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin is precisely what it sounds like: Bluecoat Gin finished in charred American oak barrels. The finish gives it a light gold color. On the nose it’s heavy with juniper, as well as bubblegum and a spicy, incense-like oak aroma. The strongest and most immediate tasting notes…read more →

Zephyr Gin Review

Zephyr Gin Review

“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.” You can attribute that to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and chalk it up as one of the stranger insults we’ve heard. But apparently, some people find the smell of elderberries offensive–though to be fair, in this case,…read more →

Rutte Gin Review

Rutte Gin Review

I spent my college study abroad period in the Netherlands, and spent one miraculously exam-free day during finals week on the train to The Hague, disembarking to investigate any interesting towns along the way. That’s how I ended up in Dordrecht for perhaps two hours, where I mostly recall admiring…read more →

Dragon Dance Gin Review

Dragon Dance Gin Review

Dragon Dance may sound like a power metal band, but it’s actually a jalapeño-infused gin. And according to its maker, Pennsylvania’s Revivalist Distillery, it’s the very first of its kind. Dragon Dance Gin is clear in appearance, and has a nose ripe with pepper. Those expecting a no-holds-barred blast of…read more →

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin Review

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin Review

It’s said that sailors first began the practice of mixing bitters with gin to cure seasickness (or, more likely, to get toasted on the job). In today’s world, we have The Bitter Truth. The decade-old German company, known primarily for its bitters, also produces a gin blended with aromatic bitters…read more →

A Tamarind Fizz for Your Holiday Drinking Needs

A Tamarind Fizz for Your Holiday Drinking Needs

You made it through one holiday, but now there are more on the horizon. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s… whatever’s on your docket this year, you’re going to need some appropriately festive cocktails. Like the Tamarind Fizz, which is the handsome number you see here. It comes from NYC’s Fifty, and…read more →

Leopold Bros. Navy Strength Gin Review

Leopold Bros. Navy Strength Gin Review

Colorado-based Leopold Bros. distillery is something of a trailblazer in the world of gin. Their American small batch gin, originally released in 2001, was at the leading edge of the “American gin” movement, eschewing the juniper-forward style of London dry gins in favor of a more subtle, herbal character that’s…read more →

Revivalist Botanical Gin Review: a Gin for All Seasons

Revivalist Botanical Gin Review: a Gin for All Seasons

The closest we’ll ever get to having a calendar made purely of gin may just be the Revivalist Botanical series, a new portfolio of gins from Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Branch Distillers that draws inspiration from the four seasons. But rather than rolling them out seasonally, each Revivalist gin will be available…read more →

Makar Glasgow Gin Review

Makar Glasgow Gin Review

Scotland. It’s not just for scotch anymore. This message comes courtesy of The Glasgow Distillery Co., the folks responsible for Makar Glasgow Gin. Makar, which is the Scots word for “poet,” has the distinction of being the first gin ever made in its namesake city and is distilled in a…read more →

Tamworth Distilling Flora Gin Review

Tamworth Distilling Flora Gin Review

Tamworth Distilling is a New Hampshire-based operation that’s making a unique roster of spirits, from gins and vodkas to white whiskey and infusions. Behind the distillery is Steven Grasse, the creator of Hendrick’s Gin and a man who’s no stranger to experimentation. Their recently launched Flora Gin is the second…read more →

Making Breakfast Cocktails with Few Breakfast Gin

Making Breakfast Cocktails with Few Breakfast Gin

Today kicks off our series on breakfast drinks, where we highlight those cocktails that fortify our mornings with the gin, whiskey and resolve we need to keep going. First up: Few Breakfast Gin. Few Breakfast Gin comes from Few Spirits in Evanston, Illinois and was specially designed for brunch cocktails.…read more →

Distillery No. 209 Gin Reviews

Distillery No. 209 Gin Reviews

San Francisco-based Distillery No. 209 has a lot of things going for it, starting with some legitimate history–the original 209, at a winery in St. Helena, California, dates back to 1882. The owners, as you might expect, have some background in the wine business. They own Rudd Oakville Estate Winery…read more →

Celebrating Leap Day with a Spirited Leap Cocktail

Celebrating Leap Day with a Spirited Leap Cocktail

February 29. It’s a day that only comes around once every four years, so it’s probably a day worth celebrating. Partly because we get an extra day to do whatever, but mostly because we choose to spend that extra day drinking gin. And since there’s a cocktail for literally every…read more →

Woody Creek Colorado Gin Review

Woody Creek Colorado Gin Review

Woody Creek Distillers caught our eye a couple years ago when we first sampled their once-distilled 100% potato vodka. We appreciated that it tasted like a once-distilled 100% potato vodka. Fast forward to now, and we got our hands on a couple new bottles, including the Woody Creek Colorado Gin.…read more →

Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe

Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe

An easy-drinking classic, the Bee’s Knees is a simple three part cocktail that combines gin, lemon and honey. It’s a product of the Prohibition era, when bathtub gin needed a good dose of citrus and sugar to be palatable. Back then, the recipe was closer to equal parts, but this…read more →

Fight Malaria with 1897 Quinine Gin

Fight Malaria with 1897 Quinine Gin

There’s a new gin in town, and it goes by the name 1897 Quinine Gin. 1897 is the year that Sir Ronald Ross made a breakthrough discovery that laid the foundation for fighting malaria. And the gin itself utilizes cinchona bark, the traditional source of quinine, which has been used…read more →

The London No 1 Gin Review

The London No 1 Gin Review

Putting “No 1” on your bottle is pretty bold, especially when you’re a London gin that’s competing with a horde of other fine London-style gins. And when you’re owned by a Spanish company (Gonzalez Byass) that primarily makes wines and sherry. And when your gin is blue. That’s right, it’s…read more →

St. Augustine New World Gin Review

St. Augustine New World Gin Review

You know gin. It’s that juniper-forward spirit distilled from grains. Usually. But in this case, it’s a citrus-forward spirit distilled from sugar cane. It comes to us from St. Augustine Distillery in Florida, so suddenly this whole thing makes sense. St. Augustine New World Gin, as the name implies, is…read more →

Tanquery Introduces Bloomsbury Gin

Tanquery Introduces Bloomsbury Gin

Tanqueray has something new for us with the limited release of Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin. This juniper-forward expression comes from Master Distiller Tom Nichol, who found inspiration for this gin from an old Tanqueray family recipe dating back to about 1880. At that time, the distillery was located in Bloomsbury, England.…read more →

Clover Club Cocktail Recipe

Clover Club Cocktail Recipe

The Clover Club is a bar in Brooklyn, but before that, it was a pre-Prohibition cocktail. Well, it still is, actually, and you can find it on plenty of menus around the country. Because this easygoing mix of gin, lemon and raspberry syrup, all tied together with some egg white,…read more →