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Interesting blurb on Valetmag about some small batch Gins to check out. Never tried these let alone heard of them so if anybody has tried them, please share your thoughts.






Gin is an old school spirit. Like a gent with his shirtsleeves rolled up, it's refined but not stuffy. Deriving much of its flavor from an herbaceous mix of botanicals like coriander seed, licorice root, cassia bark and its predominant ingredient, the piney-flavored juniper berry, gin is aromatic and light in both flavor and body. While its true origins lie in Dutch jenever (a juniper-flavored malt wine), the spirit has essentially become known as the drink of the English, who led the way with London dry gins like Tanqueray. But recently there's been a renaissance of sorts for American dry gin. Small-batch producers are crafting quality bottles that are both crisp and intensely aromatic. From recent newcomers like DC's Green Hat—named after a fedora-wearing Prohibition-era bootlegger who supplied members of Congress with illegal booze—to one of the first American craft gins, Philadelphia Distilling's Bluecoat, we've rounded up four solid bottles for your sipping pleasure.



St. George's Botanivore Gin is an easy-drinking spirit with a refreshing, smooth finish that can be mixed or enjoyed alone. Boasting 19 different botanicals, the sweet floral notes complement the juniper's spicier pine and black pepper finish.
$31.





Unlike London Dry gins that lead with juniper, Bluecoat bursts with bittersweet citrus fruit and cucumber that pair extremely well with the juniper's piney zing and spices like coriander. The citrusy notes make it ideal for mixing in cocktails as well.
$30.




Full-bodied yet smooth, Green Hat Distilled Gin is made with red winter wheat and infused with botanicals like fennel seed, coriander and sage. The clean flavors (and a touch of heat at the finish) make it the perfect gin for your martini.
$36.





Ben Capdevielle's grandfather secretly made Templeton Rye whiskey during Prohibition and now Ben's carrying on a family tradition with Big Gin, a peppery English-style gin with notes of burnt orange made in a small 100-gallon pot still.
$35.



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Intrigued

Bigfoot & Bagel aficionado.
I haven't tried any of them but the Bluecoat and the Green Hat sound really interesting. I'll have to see if anyone carries them locally.
 
They have me very tempted, a pity that the one I find most interesting (the green hat) is not available this side of the pond. Curses, foiled again! I might get a bottle of the Big Gin, sounds like good fun!
 
Bluecoat is an excellent gin, makes a fantastic Martini, and its priced well around $25/750
St Georges is also wonderful but priced somewhat higher...i think over $30

I havent had the others but would like to
I can highly recommend both of the others...

St Georges has two other gins..Terroir which is very Pine-y, but interesting, and a Rye gin, which is essentially a White Dog/Moonshine if you ask me..the Terroir made one of the most interesting Negroni's I have ever had
The good thing about St George's is you can usually find 300ml bottles so you can try without investing in a full fifth...
 
Cool piece. Will look for some Bluecoat next time I'm in the store. Anyone know if it's distributed nationwide?
you should be able to get it in Boston..its from Philly and we have it in Connecticut...I am fairly certain I have seen it when at my parents in mass
 
A couple of my favorite breweries - Ballast Point and Rogue - are making limited productions of gin now, has anybody tried them? I've been trying to stay away from booze so I haven't bought any but I'm really interested to know if anyone has any thoughts/reviews they'd like to share.
 
Thanks, shanty town brown.

Berkshire out in western MA also makes some nice small batch gins. Especially the limited editions I've had, which have a different botanical featured each time.
 
Thanks, shanty town brown.

Berkshire out in western MA also makes some nice small batch gins. Especially the limited editions I've had, which have a different botanical featured each time.

I have tried, is it ?Ethereal? that they make..was quite good...I was visiting an old friend in WMass and they had it at the bar/restaurant we went to a few years back...
 
A new distellery in Rochester NY called Black Button Distillery has its grand opening tomorrow 1/25/14. They have wheat vodka for sale and alo their first batch of a "citrus infused" gin. I look forward to trying the gin. I am more of a bourbon drinker and they are also just received their bourbon barrels to age their first batch of bourbon. Looks like I have a couple of years of aging to try out their bourbon. That's ok as there are a lot of bourbons still to try.
 
I have tried, is it ?Ethereal? that they make..was quite good...I was visiting an old friend in WMass and they had it at the bar/restaurant we went to a few years back...

Yes, I believe it was the ethereal. I had one of the first batches that featured rose, and the flower came through wonderfully strong and true.

Given that she gave me a bottle for my birthday, my sister would kill me if I didn't mention that her winery (Six Mile Creek near Ithaca) in the finger lakes has been producing an excellent gin for the last couple years. It's lighter on the Juniper and heavier on fruit, and she says it's been one of their biggest sellers. Very powerful and complex so more for martinis than mixing. Unfortunately, I've no idea where else you can find it.
 
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