From 35 Maple Street Spirits of Bend, Oregon comes… Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin. This grain-based spirit is five times distilled and spiced with red peppers, black peppers, and pimento. Whoa.
Once we try it, we will report back.
Gin from California? Why the Hell not.
This spirit is, as advertised, “exceptionally smooth.” It is a modest 80 proof, the typical potency for dpirits, but a bit less potent than many gins. (Beefeater, for example, is 94 proof, and navy strength gins run north of 100 proof.)
Like Baffert’s, Blue Coat, and other new brands of gin, New Amsterdam eschews the London Dry model. It goes light on piney Juniper, and puts its emphasis on citrus notes. Vidka lovers should consider getting a bottle of this gin and tucking it in the freezer. At $25 for a 1.75 liter bottle, New Amsterdam is more than worth the price. (Rating: Good)
For more information, surf to http://NewAmsterdamSpirits.com.
Fresh from…. West Virginia!
Smooth Ambler Spirits opened its doors in 2009. We first tasted their 80 proof vodka two years later (Batch 11), and already they were producing a fine grain spirit that can hang with the top shelf big brands. (Rating: Very Good)
Read more at http://www.smoothambler.com. The distillery makes gin, vodka, rum, Bourbon, rye, and more. So it is worth a visit!
Go ahead, expand you palate. Try this bargain ($13) Norton from Virginia. It will changes your mind about the possibilities if red wine. Fruit bombs are increasingly the norm. The Norton grape, which Todd Kliman waxed eloquent about in The Wild Vine, is a different animal. This Norton is simple and worth a try. (Rating: Good) Read more at http://hortonwine.com/.
When you want to try a more intense, complex, and pricey Norton, give Chrysalis Vineyard’s version a try.
This batch of standard Green Hat gin weighs in at 83.3 proof. (A more high octane navy strength version also is made.) Like Death’s Door, which was ballyhooed here a short time back, Green Hat very much is not a London Dry gin. The juniper is mild, the citrus is lively, and there are plenty of subtle aromas (sage? celery salt?).
An elegant gin. (Rating: Excellent) Read more at http://www.greenhatgin.com.