Nothing says summertime like gin.

A Cure for the Summertime Blues

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Gin is the ultimate summer spirit. Whether sipped neat, on the rocks, or mixed into your favorite cocktail, it never fails to refresh the soul (ever heard of a Corpse Reviver #2*?) and palate. Now more than ever, there is a vast array of different styles of gin available to us and each of them is incredibly exciting and unique. From gins that fit staunchly in the London Dry style – very dry and juniper-laden – to those that are considered to be in the New American style: fuller-bodied, more floral, and citrusy. There are also gins that don’t fall into either camp and stand completely on their own! We are proud to have the following gins on our shelves, from producers new and old, and can’t wait to share them with you over the warmer months to come! Tim Gagnon

*If you haven’t heard of a Corpse Reviver #2, it is a classic “hangover cure” cocktail that is mentioned in literature as early as 1861 in an issue of Punch (a British humor magazine that went into a long, slow decline after the 1940s and ultimately closed in 1992). Here is a recipe:

  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau (at the shop we prefer Combier Liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet
  • 1 dash absinthe

 

Shake ingredients together in a mixer with ice. Strain into chilled glass.

Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin 750ml

This bottle represents the Gin obsession of Brooklyn native Steven DeAngelo. His distillery is located in the once industrial, now artisanal, north-Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint. Here he uses a still with vacuum technology that allows distillation to occur at a lower temperature. This cooler process results in a gin with surprisingly fresh aromatics and a very bright green coriander note. These flavors are very well expressed in a gin and tonic, but also work well with other herbal spirits like Amaro. John Rankin

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Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin 750ml

Todd Hardie began his career in beekeeping almost 50 years ago in Hardwick, Vermont, in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom. This part of the state is an agricultural hotbed focused on honey, milk, cheese, grains, and herbs with a strong focus on community and respect for the earth. With family distilling roots going back to the 1800s (John and William Hardie of Edinburgh started distilling whiskey in 1857, and the company still produces whiskey today), it’s no wonder that the current generation of Hardies began crafting artisanal spirits in this corner of the world. The Barr Hill Gin contains one notable ingredient that truly sets this spirit apart: raw honey. The raw honey is added just before bottling giving it a uniquely wild, floral nose that changes with each batch as the season dictates where the bees collect their pollen and propolis. It is a touch sweet and the juniper is well-integrated which makes this a unique crossover spirit for those unfamiliar with gin and a new frontier for those already initiated. Tim Gagnon

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New York Distilling Company Dorothy Parker American Gin 750ml

And now for something completely different… Our friends at New York Distilling under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway are making some of New York’s most delicious gins.  The Dorothy Parker, named for the legendarily sharp-tongued wit of New York’s Algonquin Round Table, boasts decidedly American style with un-traditional botanicals like hibiscus and cinnamon.  Of course we are talking gin here, so there’s a nice dry juniper kick as well.  I think that this makes for a very interesting twist on a gin and tonic.  More adventurous home bartenders may want to use it to give the classic gin cocktails a new angle.  John Rankin

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Mahon Spanish Gin 1 Liter

Xoriguer gin hails from Mahon on the island of Menorca in Spain and one of only three gins (along with Plymouth Gin and London Dry Gin) to have a geographic designation. Gin has a rich history on Menorca dating back to British occupation during the 18th century and is still made with the same traditional methods. This gin is made in wood-fired pot stills from a base spirit of grape distillate (as opposed to the more common grain-based distillate) and is rested in American oak barrels before bottling. This process gives this spirit decidedly fruity and floral aromatics as well as a softer, citrusy palate. For lovers of gin and tonics, try this for your next experiment! Tim Gagnon

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Jensen London Dry Gin 750ml

Jensen’s Bermondsey gin is the result of a Gin obsession. Christian Jensen became obsessed with old fashioned “London Dry” gins while living in Tokyo, of all places. The bartenders there have hoarded and treasured old bottles made before artificial flavors became rampant in gin production. Christian became a collector of gin and after stumbling upon some old gin recipes, began to reverse-engineer the ultimate old-styled gin. Compared to Sipsmith, Jensen's character is a bit more subtle, with juniper playing the lead and soft floral and spice character adding support. The mouth-feel is lush and generous with a touch of anise sweetness. Splendid stuff with lots of complexity!  John Rankin

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Jensen London Distilled Old Tom Gin 750ml 43% abv

Christian Jensen set out to make perfect, historically correct gins after living in Tokyo. While there he happened upon a gin bar that had an extensive supply of traditional and historical gins that made him curious as to the processes that create such distinctive spirits. Once back in England, he worked with Thames Distillers in London and was able to realize this goal. Alongside his fantastic dry gin, we are happy to showcase his Old Tom gin. These were known in the 1800s to be sweeter, fuller styles of spirits, however Christian was curious as to how economically viable a spirit like this could be during a time when sugar was sold at a premium. After extensive research he found the answer: licorice, a standard component of Old Tom gins during this century. True black licorice contains a component called glycyrrhizin (the sweetening compound derived from licorice root) that is 30 times sweeter than pure sugar. By upping the botanicals during distillation, he was able to create this traditional Old Tom gin. Complex and delicious, Collins drinkers go no further. Tim Gagnon

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Breuckelen Distilling Gin 750ml

Breuckelen Distilling opened their doors in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2010 with one goal in mind: to create spirits made from local grains, as naturally as possible, to truly express the region from where they come. Five years later, they seem to have achieved just that. They source all of their grains from a farmer named Thor Oechsner who has been growing wheat in Newfield, NY since 1994. These grains are then distilled at their facility in Brooklyn to create the base spirit before redistilling it in the presence of juniper, lemon, rosemary, ginger, and grapefruit. The finished product is rife with floral aromatics – orange blossom, honeysuckle, and acacia - citrusy, and has nice weight on the palate while remaining quite dry. This is really an exceptional spirit. Tim Gagnon

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Wigle Pittsburgh Organic Ginever

At Wigle gin is made from scratch in a style similar to the old Dutch recipes, not the modern London style. The Dutch, or Ginever, style of gin is made from a grain base similar to unaged whiskey. It’s distilled in a traditional pot still to a fairly low percentage of alcohol, so the spirit has a rich body and an earthy/grainy flavor. Most modern gins are made in column stills that are capable of extremely high-percentage alcohol. When one distills to that level they lose the entire flavor of the grain. At Wigle so much care is taken in growing, selecting, and milling the heirloom grains it would be a shame to lose all of the great flavors. While distilling, the spirit passes through a variety of botanicals including cardamom, lavender, and, of course, juniper. The result is a rich, complex gin suitable for your favorite cocktails, but delicious on its own! John Rankin

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Fords London Dry Gin 1 Liter

Ford’s Gin is a collaboration between Simon Ford of the 86 Co. (a company founded in 2012 working with different distilleries to create bartender-friendly, well-made, workhorse spirits) and 8th generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers in London. It was intended to be a big step up from the other “well” spirits available on the market but offer a fantastic value. Their recipe uses 9 botanicals starting with the classic base of coriander seed and juniper with bitter orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel balanced by jasmine flower, orris root, angelica root, and cassia root. These are steeped in the base spirit for 15 hours before being distilled ensuring a captivating, aromatic finished spirit. This gin is a wonderful play of exotic and spicy aromas mingling with open floral notes on the nose. The palate is full-bodied and dry with citrus oil and a tantalizing spice. This would be perfect for the home mixologist as it could be the base for numerous cocktails. Tim Gagnon

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Sipsmith London Dry Gin 750ml

London doubled its number of urban gin distilleries several years ago with the addition of Sipsmith’s copper pot stills. Although most gin drinkers are familiar with the phrase “London Dry,” they may be surprised to learn that when Sipsmith opened, the only other distillery within London city limits was Beefeater, and Beefeater makes more gin in a day than Sipsmith will in an entire year. Sipsmith has a richness that immediately distinguishes it from many other gins. This makes it the perfect ingredient in classic cocktails like a Martini or gin-and-tonic, which, when made with Sipsmith, have an enhanced weight and sense of balance. The gin tastes most strongly of fresh juniper, putting it squarely in the “London Dry” camp, but playing in the background are spicy notes of coriander and very lively citrus peel. We hear rumors that the future may bring a Pimm’s Cup-style spirit from Sipsmith… John Rankin

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New York Distilling Company Perry's Tot Navy Strength American Gin 750ml

Allan Katz co-founded the New York Distilling Company with partners Tom and Bill Potter (of the Brooklyn Brewery) in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn in 2011. They set out to create classic gins but with a modern twist and that is exactly what they did. Perry’s Tot pays homage to the naval history of Brooklyn and is named for Matthew Calbraith Perry, who served as Commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1841-1843. This Navy Strength Gin is released at 57% ABV (the historical proof at which gunpowder will still ignite if distilled spirit should spill on it) and is delightfully brawny while still being smooth and complex. On the nose it is floral and spicy and there is a nice juniper kick on the palate along with a touch of sweet spice. Try this in a Pink Gin: a simple and historic British Royal Navy cocktail of gin and Angostura bitters! Tim Gagnon

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Progressive Hebridean Distillers (Bruichladdich) The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 750ml

Perhaps better known for their single malt Scotch whisky, the Bruichladdich Distillery also creates this expressive and somewhat atypical gin in their small corner of Islay. Master Distiller Jim McEwen works with his old Lomond pot still lovingly known as “Ugly Betty” and a recipe comprised of 9 classic gin ingredients (juniper, coriander seed, orris root, cassia bark, etc.) as well as 22 locally foraged botanicals giving this gin a unique and compelling character. The nose is powerful with luscious aromas of grapefruit peel, green apple, mint, wildflower honey, tropical fruit, anise, and coriander. On the palate it is rich and silky smooth with herbal and citrus notes that carry through onto the finish. This is a truly distinct spirit, and would do well in many interpretations of classic cocktails or sipped neat. Tim Gagnon

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Berry Bros & Rudd No. 3 London Dry Gin

Berry Brothers and Rudd have 300 years of experience in London’s wine and spirit trade, so when we heard that they were behind a new gin brand we were intrigued.  Billed as “the last word in gin for a Dry Martini,” our first reaction was skepticism.  After tasting we believed the hype.  This is a boldly juniper flavored gin, but also seems to be a bit more refined than the classic Tanqueray.    As advertised, dry martinis are crisp with a spicy character and classic gin cocktails like a Negroni truly shine. John Rankin

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