Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
Amaro — Fruili, ItalyTasted November 15, 2021Tastes like dark chocolate and orange peel. Delicious!
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
Modern Gin — IrelandTasted October 30, 2021I could get nothing but lemon peel from the nose. There is a lot going on, though, on the palate. Too much to tease apart. Juniper, citrus, and green tea among many others. I could see sipping this as a novelty botanical-heavy gin, but it would not be my first choice as a mixer.
The Botanist Gin
Modern Gin — Islay, ScotlandTasted October 28, 2021The juniper is there but gets a little lost in all of the botanicals. Sips easy and dry. I definitely like it for an occasional change of pace from my London Drys. I feel like I notice a different herb every time I sip!
St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — AustriaTasted October 27, 2021Not something I would drink neat (has the strange quality of being both syrupy and astringent) but a little goes a long way and adds a lot of spicy flavor to a cocktail. Traditionally used with Tiki rum-based drinks, but my wife and I like it with whisky. We were first introduced to it by a local bar in Charlottesville called The Alley Light that makes a drink called the Fancy Leather Couch: Scotch Whiskey, Allspice Dram, and Earl Gray Tea. Delicious!
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.