Plymouth Gin- Spectacular!
by F. Sot Fitzgerald
As I have said before, the sine qua nonof good gin is that it must be smooth. Think to those times when you’ve had a bad gin and tonic or a bad martini. The drink was overpowering- it nearly choked you with alcohol ester and a Pinesol-like reek. It was as if you had swallowed pure surgical spirit and had a juniper branch rammed down your throat.
That’s because they poured you shoddy gin, stuff they likely purchased for $6 a liter. And no matter how many lime slices or olives you plop in it you cannot make it taste good.
Well, if you want to avoid that unpleasantry, then make it a point to purchase Plymouth Gin. It is excellent. First made back in 1793, Plymouth Gin is a grand old institution in Britain. Churchill soaked it up, as does the Royal Navy. To this day Plymouth makes their gin on an ancient site, a 16th-century Dominican Friary where Miles Standish and the Pilgrims stayed the night before they set out for America.
Plymouth Gin, at 82.4 proof, is a very smooth gin. How the folks atWine Enthusiast ever could have said that it was “sharp, astringent, and heavy” I do not know. Plymouth Gin is triple distilled and it has a bevy of botanicals in it— juniper, coriander seeds, angelica root, orris root and cardamom.
Now, you may be scratching your head and wondering, “Botanicals, schmotanicals—so damn what?” Well, I tell you about the botanicals because Plymouth isn’t just smooth and inoffensive, it also has outstandingly flavor. This is rare.
Plymouth Gin doesn’t whack you with the piney juniper taste. No, it gives you hints of citrus, lemon or perhaps orange, and coriander and then a mild juniper flush. As you let it slide down your throat you sense a softness and certain, well, earthiness. Such balance! (Rating *****)