Product Descriptions: Gin

Beefeater Gin

Spicy (juniper and coriander) and fruity aromas. A round, full bouquet. Very dry with complex flavors, first of minerals and then juniper berry. Medium long finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating. Good on the rocks or in martinis.

Beefeater 24 Gin (new!)

London Dry Style Gin imported from England. Made with 12 botanicals including rare Japanese Sencha and Chinese green teas, paired with hand-prepared grapefruit and Seville orange peel and steeped for 24 hours. Softer mouth feel, flavors of citrus and tea, smooth. Double Gold winner at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and called 'Extraordinary' at the 2010 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Mix with tonic or mix 2 parts Beefeater 24 Gin with 4 parts chilled English Breakfast Tea, 1 part simple syrup (sugar and water) and garnish with a lemon twist for a 'Gin & Tea.'

Bombay Dry English Gin

Dry style gin imported from England. Blended with eight botanicals using a recipe that dates back to 1761. Bombay uses a unique distillation process which infuses the aromas and essences of the botanicals with the vapor of the spirit (rather than cooking them together as most gins do). Clean bouquet of coriander, juniper and citrus. Spicy flavors of vanilla and juniper. Creamy texture. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it *** (recommended) rating. 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it a 92 point rating.

Bombay Sapphire Gin

Imported English gin made in the 'London Dry' style (not sweet). Made with ten natural botanicals (the most of any gin) that include grains of paradise, almonds, lemon peel, licorice, juniper berries, cubeb berries, orris, coriander, angelica, cassia bark, and 100% grain neutral spirits. Packaged in a sapphire blue bottle (the gin itself is not blue). Medium to full-bodied with lots of pungent flavors. Fresh and clean with an elegant finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating. 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it 94 points.

Boodles British Gin

London Dry style (not sweet) gin imported from England. Like many imported gins, it has a higher alcohol content (90.4) than most domestic gins. Aromas of juniper and coriander. Clean, crisp, slightly acidic flavor. Smooth, satiny finish. Good mixed with tonic. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Bulldog Gin (new!)

Imported gin from England. Though Bulldog is made in the London Dry Style, it does not have the higher proof of other gin imports (Bulldog is 80 proof while most imports are around 94 proof). Quadruple-distilled, with a lower alcohol content and softer juniper note, Bulldog is very versatile and more mixable than many traditional gins. Bulldog earned the highest rating ever awarded to a gin by Wine Enthusiast Magazine (90-95 points). Mix with lemonade for a 'London Lemonade' or with Vermont Apple Cider (and garnish with a fresh apple slice) for a 'London Cider.'

Hendrick's Gin

Imported gin distilled and bottled in Scotland. Handcrafted in small batches. Instilled with juniper, coriander, citrus peel, rose petal and cucumber. In a taste test published by The Wall Street Journal, tasters rated it number one and the Most Flavorful superpremium gin.

Tanqueray Gin

Delicate, citrusy nose with just a hint of spice and juniper berries. Creamy, yet clean, extra dry palate. Full, dry, very extended finish, The #1 premium imported gin in America. Kindred Spirits gives it a ***** rating or Highest Recommendation.

Tanqueray No. Ten

Super premium gin imported from England. Small batch distilled using whole-fruit fresh botanicals. Zesty and spirity. Aromas of lemon and orange peel with a hint of juniper. Aggressive, sparkling taste. Medium long finish with an aftertaste of orange peel. The 'Spirit Journal' says 'this is not your grandmother's Tanqueray, but a vibrant, frisky, contemporary variation on the classic Special Dry' and gives it a ***** rating, its Highest Recommendation.

Tanqueray Rangpur Gin

Lime flavored gin imported from England.

A new style of gin distilled with rare Rangpur limes for a subtle lime taste. The Rangpur lime, only found in India, resembles an orange or tangerine but tastes like zesty lime. Mix with cranberry juice for a 'Rangpur Cran' or with ginger ale and a few drops of bitters for a 'Rangpur Ginger.'

Booth's London Dry Gin

Domestic gin made in the 'London Dry' (not sweet) style. Distilled from grain, 100% neutral spirits. Higher proof (90) than most other domestic gins, more in the style of British gin. Booth's still uses the same recipe that was invented by Felix Booth in 1740.

Burnett's Gin

Domestic gin made in the London Dry (not sweet) style. Fruity aromas and flavors. Also, flavors of herbs and a mild metallic quality. Good for mixing.

Crown Russe Gin

London Dry Gin bottled in the USA by the Crown Russe Co. of New Orleans, LA. Distilled from grain. Mix with your favorite soda or juice.

Fleischmann's Dry Gin

Domestic gin that is light on the botanicals (juniper berry), but heavy on licorice essence. Good for mixing.

Gilbey's Gin

London 'Dry Style' (not sweet) gin made in the U.S. Made from 100% grain neutral spirits. Spicey, zesty nose. Some berry flavors, also minerals, herbs, and spices. Creamy texture. Dry, minerally finish. Good for mixing. 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it 88 points.

Gordon's London Dry Gin

Domestic gin that is the number one selling gin in the world. Made with 100% natural ingredients and real botanicals (juniper,etc.). Aromas of spice and peppermint. Flavors of mint, fruit and licorice. It is distilled in 18th century copper pot stills just as it was in 1769 when it was created. A gold medal winner at the 1995 Monde selection awards.

Jenkins Gin

Domestic gin bottled kby the Jenkins Spirits Corp. of Manchester, New Hampshire.

New Amsterdam Gin

Domestic gin distributed by E&J Gallo. New Amsterdam was the 17th Century Dutch colonial town that later became New York City. Crisp citrus flavor and subtle hints of juniper berries. Soft and smooth. Great with mixers or straight-up in martinis. Gold Medal winner two years in a row at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Beverage Testing Institute gives it an 89 pt. (Highly Recommended rating) and considers it a 'Best Buy.'

Seagram's Extra Dry Gin

Domestic gin that is the #1 selling gin in America. Made with 100% grain neutral spirits and botanicals, then aged in oak casks. Fruity aroma with distinct elements of orange peel and cinnamon that carry over into the flavor. Very dry finish with a hint of spice. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Seagram's Lime Twisted Gin

Premium extra dry gin with natural lime flavor from the company that produces America's #1 selling gin. Aroma and flavors of just-picked limes and lime is the primary fruit added to gin drinks i.e. Gin and Tonic.

Mr. Boston Sloe Gin

A fruity liqueur made from sloe berries steeped in gin. Sweet with a deep red color. Can be mixed with orange juice or with sour mix and club soda for a Sloe Gin Fizz.

Green Mountain Organic Gin

Handcrafted, small batch gin produced in Stowe, Vermont using only certified organic ingredients and botanicals. Organic Gin, produced in small fifty case batches, is a subtle, complex spirit, with a unique, smooth, invigorating, slightly citrus flavor. Unlike mass produced gin's whose flavors can have overpowering juniper and unrestrained alcohol flavors, Green Mountain Organic Gin is smooth and well balanced with a rich mouth feel. Green Mountain Organic Gin is produced, bottled, labeled and numbered by hand, using our six times distilled spirit and the finest all natural botanicals.

Barr Hill Gin (new!)

Gin hand-crafted in Hardwick, Vermont using pure grain spirits as a canvas to showcase juniper berry and raw northern honey. Added just before bottling, the raw honey imparts unique floral qualities that vary with season and blossom. Enjoy with ice, or in your favorite gin cocktail. Or, muddle 6 mint leaves, 1 tsp. of sugar, 2 slices of peeled cucumber, and 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice in a shaker, add ice and 2 oz. Barr Hill Gin, stir until frosty (about 10 seconds), strain into a highball glass, top with 1 oz. club soda and garnish with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of dill for a 'Caledonia Cooler.'


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Some of the above descriptions are based on information in the following sources:

  • Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult. Hyperion, New York, New York, 1997.
  • Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson. Dorling Kindersky Limited, London and Running Press Book Publishers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989-91.

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