Aviation American Gin
Modern Gin — Oregon, USATasted October 19, 2021Lots of floral and spice on the nose. I get a lot of orange peel with all the botanicals. Has a fair amount of botanicals for a contemporary gin, too. I usually want a London Dry, but this is one of the better contemporaries that I have had.
Evan Williams Black Label
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted October 15, 2021Tastes like a mid-level bourbon at a bargain bourbon price. Lots of char and oak on the nose. Palate is thin but still has lots of vanilla, baking spice, caramel, and malt. Burn is moderate but not overwhelming. Perfect for mixing bourbon cocktails with friends.
Bombay Sapphire Gin (47%)
London Dry Gin — EnglandTasted October 14, 2021I appreciate that this is a great gateway gib for non-gin drinkers, but I like my gin much more juniper-forward. Sapphire has more citrus and spice and a ton more alcohol burn than, say, Tanqueray or Beefeater, and I much prefer their more traditional take on a London Dry.
Bitter Liqueurs — ItalyTasted September 25, 2021Tastes like a combination of Cointreau and Campari. Not something I would drink neat but delicious with Prosecco in a spritz.
Malfy Gin con Limone
Flavored Gin — ItalyTasted September 5, 2021From the nose, you would be forgiven if you thought it was limoncello instead of gin. The taste is almost all lemon peel with a supporting role of juniper and other botanicals coming in after the lemon bomb. I am usually a juniper-forward, London dry gin drinker. This isn’t bad, but more of a novelty for me and not something that I would keep stocked in my cabinet.
Tanqueray London Dry Gin (47.3%)
London Dry Gin — ScotlandTasted September 4, 2021I prefer my gins to be juniper-bombs, and Tanqueray always delivers. I appreciate the slightly oily mouthfeel and the 47.3% gives it the ethanol kick that is needed. This is a classic neat or in a G and T, though I usually try for something that is more herbal or floral in a martini or aviation.
Amaro — Sicily, ItalyTasted August 29, 2021Very tasty amaro. Like herbally bittersweet chocolate and orange blossom. A bit on the sweet and syrupy side for me to drink neat, but over ice with some orange peel makes for a great dessert drink. My favorite way to use it, though, is in a Black Manhattan with Cardamom bitters. Delicious!
Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 27, 2021I like this even more than I was anticipating. This may be my new go-to budget sipper. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla and baking spice. The ethanol burn at the end is significant without being overwhelming. This makes me want to be by a campfire in the fall.
1800 Silver Tequila
Tequila Blanco — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoTasted August 26, 2021Quintessential mixing tequila. Has all the grassy, sweet, and salty notes that you need at a good price point. Probably not interesting enough to sip neat, but you will not have to since if you do. Perfect for homemade margaritas and palomas.
Hofland Sloe Gin
Sloe Gin & Variants — NetherlandsTasted August 20, 2021Wow! If given a blind taste test with this and cherry cough syrup, I do not think I could tell the difference. Candy sweet with a strong medicinal flavor. OK with champagne or Prosecco in a fizz or royale, but I’d rather have something more interesting like creme de cassis. Had been meaning to try this but will not get again.