New Amsterdam Gin
New Amsterdam // California, USA
This gin is made by E & J Gallo Winery in Modesto, California and was released in June 2008. Using a 100% pure grain spirit, this gin is made in the "New Western" or "American-style" which is to say that juniper is not the focus here. It is presented in a bottle that features the Empire State Building (New Amsterdam being the original name for New York City).
Modern GinAlso has been referred to as "Contemporary", "New Western", "New Wave", and "New American". This style is not legally defined. In general, this category of gin, while it does contain juniper, places less of an emphasis on this botanical. Other botanicals not classically used in London Dry gins are often utilized and often highlight botanicals grown in the region the gin is produced. Most produced as either London Dry or Distilled Gins.
"Sweet orange peel takes over on the nose with the herbal grass notes coming in a distant second. The gin is oily and sweet on your palate with the juniper tough to suss out as is its intention to remain in the background. On that front, they've succeeded. The finish is just orange and black pepper. Drink recommendation? Definitely not a martini. Perhaps try something with fresh citrus juice like a Salty Dog cocktail--grapefruit juice and gin with a salted rim served over ice."