Bols Genever Gin
Shout out to my Dutch friends with this lovely gin. There’s a thickness to this that you can even smell – must be due to the mash bill. Malty and thick. Pine, lemon, tree sap, fir tree, juniper (sure), brown spice even. Notes of pine, nutmeg, turpentine, fruit cake, and juniper on the palate. This recipe dates back to the 1820s so this certainly isn’t your average G&T gin. Dust off your book of old 1800′s cocktails because that is what this gin was made for.
George Dickel Tennessee Whisky Superior Number 12
Psst – want to hear a secret? This is some really, really good stuff. For a great price, you get a solid whisky. Is it bourbon? No. Does it have an age statement? No. But maybe that’s why you can find this on a shelf for a very, very reasonable price. Getting this much quality in bourbon at this price is darn near impossible. This clocks in at 90 proof, the age is around 8 to 10 years, and the mash bill is 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley.
What sets this apart from bourbon? Well, it is filtered through charcoal before it is aged. So, there you go.
On the nose, you’ll smell corn, vanilla, wood, butterscotch, and Werther’s Original like your grandfather used to eat.
The palate is more corn, vanilla, cinnamon, char, charcoal, and brown spice.
I’ve got one last secret for you – I feel like this would be a great sipper on the rocks but, well, it isn’t. If you want to chill it down, put the bottle in the snow or pour a dram and put it in the fridge…
Tyler’s Original “City of London” Gin
I need another day off after Labor Day Weekend, so I asked my bodyguard, Jack Bauer, to tell you about a gin!
This is a small batch gin made in two German copper pot stills named Jennifer & Clarissa. It smells of intense juniper, orange, lime, and botanicals. The taste is straight forward with juniper, orange, and bright citrus and is very dry. This is an easy, affordable gin for a G&T.
Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon
Here’s a heated bourbon I wanted to give a try. With a mash bill of 71% corn, 21% wheat, and 8% malted barley, this is pretty high on the wheat. This juice smells of toffee, caramel, and breakfast cereal like Honey Nut Cheerios. The taste is vanilla, oak, and more Honey Nut Cheerios. This is a new distillery that is working to refine their product – while this isn’t a favorite yet, it is worth keeping an eye on. Everything is there… it just needs more time.
West Virginia, USA