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Now, there are this: TREE OF LIFE VODKA. The front label describes it ass an 80 proof vodka “with natural flavor added.” The back says it is “distilled from pomegranate.” Which is it? Beats us. The “Proshyan Brandy Factory” of Yerevan, Armenia apparently produces it. Interestingly, this vodka was aged in oak barrels for 12 months. (One wonders, if it is aged and infused with flavor, is it still a vodka?)
Anyhoo, TREE OF LIFE has a pale orange tint, a medicinal nose, and is dry and not very pleasant in the mouth. It’s bitter, and tastes almost like Pomegranate peel (not the seeds). One sip and we can’t make ourselves have another. (Rating *)
Understandably- this is a very tasty gin. The nose is beautiful, it reminded us of an orange or tangerine just peeled. In the mouth it’s astonishingly smooth for a 94 proof gin. As a case in contrast, sip it then taste an old favorite of ours, Beefeater gin. They are the same proof, but Beefeater booms with juniper and crackles in the mouth.
Not so Bluecoat gin, which begins fruity then finishes gently. A remarkably easy gin, one you can sip straight. Impressive, and very well priced at $24-$30 retail. (Rating ****3/4)