Gin Review

Gin Tasting Party

After having finalized the natural detoxification processes including the concomitant hangovers due to a fantastic gin tasting party this weekend, then it is time to write a review of the presented gins.

During the evening then nine different gins were served straight to present the exclusive gin taste, and as GT/drink to include this approach as well.

The following nine gins were served:

1. London Gin Lab
Wonderful London Dry Gin according to a classic recipe from the 17th century. The gin is distilled from the following six botanicals; juniper, coriander, angelica root, cassia root, liquorice, and zest of bitter orange.
It has an exceptionally fresh, aromatic and smooth aroma. The taste is complex, concentrated and full-bodied. Earthy notes and a pleasant juniper taste. The finish is wonderfully fruity thanks to the fresh lemon flavor. It is a balanced gin where none of the individual botanicals drown out the entire flavor. As GT it was served with Fever-Three Indian tonic and some lemon peel as garnish. The gin is phenomenal both straight and as GT – futhermore in a very reasonable price level.

Gin Can Do rating: 4 / 5

2. Generous Gin
This gin has without any content from the other tested gins the most spectacular bottle for those of you that looking for eye-catching bottles for the bar cabinet/shelf.
The Generous gin is distilled in the Cognac district in France and is extremely soft and aromatic. The gin is among other botanical flavored with citrus, blood orange, pink berries, gray pepper, elderberries, lime juniper. Even though, the gin including a complete garden of flavors then is very trivial and anonymous. The Fever-Three Indian tonic match the gin quite well but the overall impression was not overwhelming.

Gin Can Do rating: 2 / 5

3. Plateau Handcrafted Gin (batch 001)
The handmade Danish private label Plateau Gin, is distilled in the north of Sweden using unusual ingredients like cactus fruit and coffee alongside more regular ingredients such as juniper, citrus and liquorice. This batch 001 is absolutely more full-bodied than Plateau batch 004 that recently was tasted. Once more the Fever-Three Indian was used for the GT-test. The GT was homogenous and very delicious, but since Plateau gin is from in the higher end of the price index then the general impression was disappointing.

Gin Can Do rating: 3 / 5

4. ELG Gin no 4
All ELG gin is based on juniper, coriander and carrot, but the carrot is in ELG GIN No.4 replaced with the black carrots which bring the characteristic and intense red color and soft taste to the gin.
The Gin turns pink adding e.g. tonic water or Martini which certainly can be used as a visual effect behind the bar desk. Elg no. 4 was served both with martini in a welcome drink and later as drink with Lurisia La Nostra Gazzosa (Sparkling Lemon Beverage).
All in all a well-tasting gin that especially harmonizing the lemon from the Lurisia La Nostra Gazzosa.

Gin Can Do rating: 2 / 5

5. Strik’s Aged Gin
Stirk’s Aged Gin is distilled using among other botanicals; juniper and coriander in London Dry Style but as a twist aged for over three months in oak barrels which previously held whisky. Hints of caramel, vanilla and absolutely the oak. I must admit that normally will an oak aged gin not please my taste buds but this gin is absolutely a reasonable variant of the oak aged theme. In the GT version, it was served with Fever-Three Indian.

Gin Can Do rating: 2 / 5

6. ELG Gin no 3
A classic ELG gin based on juniper, coriander and carrot, but due to its navy strength loaded with essential oils which make the gin to an intense and full-bodied taste experience. The Fever-Three Mediterranean could handle the 57,2% alcohol and complete a splendid GT.

Gin Can Do rating: 4 / 5

7. ELG Gin no 2
ELG Gin no 2 is crafted according to the Old Tom Style. The sweet element is added using a special extract of juniper. The juniper extract is produced by extracting juniper into an ethanol solution over a four weeks period. The gin is a real juniper explosion!
Ginger beer was used for the drink garnished with lemon peel. “Ginger lovers” will be infatuated by this drink.

Gin Can Do rating: 3 / 5

8. Tranquebar Royal Danish Navy Gin
My personal favorite of the tasting. A wonderful dry gin in the colonial style, crafted with extracts and essential oils from juniper, orange, lemon, coriander seeds, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, bitter orange and barley malt and small hint of tea.
The 52% alcohol was tamed by the Fever-Three Mediterranean and orchestrated a wonderful GT symphony.

Gin Can Do rating: 4 / 5

9. Christmas ELG Gin
The tasting was completed by a newly released Christmas ELG Gin. The key elements of the ELG gin is as above listed; the juniper, coriander and carrot. But in this Christmas version the carrot greens are also included in the distilling process which add the light green color to the gin. The taste was less intense than the ELG no 3, but what is a gin collection without a real Christmas gin so Christmas ELG Gin will absolutely be on my wish list for Santa this year……….
The last remnants of the Fever-Three Indian tonic was used in the GT.

Gin Can Do rating: 3 / 5

Conclusion
A wonderful gin tasting including a lot of interesting gins. However, in the end the following two gins made the best impression and will absolutely be added to the Collection soon.

    • London Gin Lab
    • Tranquebar Royal Danish Navy Gin

 

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