Gin usually starts with neutral spirit and botanicals. The name Gin comes from the French name for the juniper berry, genièvre, altered by the Dutch to genever and shortened by the English to gin. To create what is known as “dry gin” or “distilled gin”, gin makers distill juniper and other botanicals in a pot still to make a cleaner, smoother gin. There is enormous diversity in how different gins taste. Distillers are free to add any other botanicals they like, coriander, citrus, cardomom, nuts, and spices all commonly find their way into gin recipes. Typically a fine gin contains six to ten botanicals carefully selected and tested for purity and quality. Like all gins, London gin should have a predominant juniper flavor.
The Damson Plum (Prunus Damascena) originated in ancient Persia and spread throughout Europe in the middle ages, making its way to North America with early settlers. The liqueur’s name, Averell, nails its Empire State pedigree as it refers to a former governor, a Harriman, from a line of railroad moguls. The Damson is the tartest and spiciest of all plums. Historically famous in jams, brandy and gin, these small, crimson plums have become rare, losing popularity to larger and sweeter cultivated varieties.
Aviation American Gin is a distilled spirit first produced in Portland, Oregon by founders Christian Krogstad and Ryan Magarian in 2006. It is classified as an “American dry gin,” meaning the flavor profile is less juniper-forward.
Barton Gin is the ideal spirit to recommend for today’s gin drinkers. Along with the rebirth of classic cocktails, gin has experienced a growth in popularity over the past decade. Barton Gin offers the crisp, dry taste that gin drinkers prefer. A clear, complex London Dry style gin perfectly flavored for a martini or mixed cocktail.
Beefeater is a London Dry Gin. In late 17th century England, jenever or Dutch gin became the alcoholic beverage served at Court. The name London Dry Gin was made official in 1850 for gins produced in London. The recipe James Burrough invented in 1860 is still the same today and specifies that nine botanicals are essential to create the full-bodied and robust flavor so distinct of this gin. The botanicals are juniper, angelica roots and seeds, almonds, liquorice, orris roots, oranges, and lemon peel.
The 12 natural botanicals in Beefeater 24 are Japanese Sencha tea, Chinese Green Tea, Seville Orange peel, Grapefruit peel, Lemon peel, Juniper, Coriander seed, Liquorice, Angelica root, Angelica seed, Almond and Orris root. As tea compounds fuse well and act as a great catalyst for a wide variety of other flavours, Beefeater 24 is very mixable gin that is perfect for modern cocktail creations.
Named for the onset of the American Revolution where the bluecoats took on the redcoats, this American dry gin from Philadelphia is distilled 5 times in a copper still. Aromas of toasted Christmas fruit cake, roasted pecan, and delicate brown spices follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with notes of herbal juniper, molasses, candied lemon and orange peels on the palate. Finishes with a bold wave of peppery spice, dusty minerals, banana taffy, and pine.
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is a product of the perfect blend of the finest raw ingredients; a perfect balance of a unique combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world including juniper berries, lemon peel, liquorice, orris root, almond, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. Clear. Moderately full-bodied. Dry. Aromas of juniper, eucalyptus and spice are powerfully present. The mouthfeel reveals a rich, plush texture. A powerful style, loaded with high-toned, engaging floral aromatics and assertive fruit elements. Bombay is an affordable gin with a rich aroma and brisk body.
Born of ultra-clean Cascade Mountain water and juniper berries sourced from the mild climate of California, Bond Street Gin starts with superior ingredients. Add in Jim Bendis’ hand-craftsmanship and the result is a magnificent London-style gin with a delicate nose and bright flavor. Bond Street is a gin that can be mixed or sipped as it is not overburdened with a complicated array of botanicals.
Boodles Gin is named after the Boodles Club in St. James, London, Boodles was the favorite gin of one of the club’s most famous members, Winston Churchill. Boodles is a premium gin which lends itself well to being served on formal occasions, and is most often enjoyed in a martini or a Boodles and Tonic.
Boomsma Fine Old Genever Gin is “old” because it is aged in oak, which gives it a surprising, golden color like an añejo tequila (The parallel between blanco and añejo tequilas and jonge and oude genevers is a fair one).
Boomsma Jonge Genever Gin is a blend of grain alcohol, malt wine, cornwine, botanicals and juniper distillate. This produces a product with a lower proof. During fermentation juniper distillate and other botanicals are added after distillation. Boomsma family put their collective hearts and souls into making a high quality genever.
Broker’s Gin, made with the finest herbs, spices and fruit imported from three continents, is specially blended to be dry. (Not unlike the British sense of humor.) The rich mixture of natural ingredients, each carefully selected, produces a drink of outstanding flavor and freshness. Broker’s is the perfect basis for a gin and tonic, unquestionably one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Burnett’s Gin is a sweeter London Dry gin with a lighter, airier herbal notes. Burnett’s Gin was first produced in England more than 200 years ago. It is a true London dry Gin and produced according to the original recipe established in 1770 by Sir Robert Burnett. Still not a Martini gin, Burnett's makes some excellent mixed drinks.
Cadenhead’s Old Raj Dry Gin Red Label is a gin from England. The addition of saffron is undertaken personally by the Company master blender in order to ensure a consistency in flavor and color each time Old Raj is bottled
Fleischmann Gin has juniper and spicy notes, dusty coriander on the nose, while an intimation of celery and pine hovers in the background. The palate itself is smooth and rich. It begins quietly, biding its time while juniper builds. A solid, well made gin that has a fruity appeal.
G’Vine Floraison Gin is luscious and definitely less harsh than any other gin. Thanks to its versatility, G’Vine offers many new drinking options and is an excellent alternative to vodka. The G’Vine bottle embodies the values of ultra-premium white spirits today: contemporary, luxurious and refined. The transparency of the bottle reflects the smooth, natural and fresh essence of the spirit, while the green color evokes the vine flower and the brightness of the vineyards during spring, symbols of the product. As a final touch to reinforce its uniqueness, each bottle of G’Vine is individually numbered.