American Gin Tasting Notes

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Gin, White Spirits

Death’s Door Gin 47%

Produced by the Death’s Door distillery, Washington Island, Wisconsin from spirit distilled from red winter wheat, infused with wild juniper and organic botanicals. 

Tasted: May 2013 

A huge hit of juniper on the nose! Pleasantly fresh aromas with a touch of citrus. 

The palate is fresh, slightly smoky with a plenty of juniper and citrus. Good length with alight coriander spice note and a touch of lemon rind in the finish. The palate show more complexity than the nose. 

D.H Krahn Californian Gin 40%

Tasted: Aug 2008

The nose is very much like London Dry with plenty of citrus lemon and botanicals. The palate is pleasant if a bit astringent, especially on the finish. It would probably work well with tonic but I’m not keen on it neat. 

D.H Krahn California Gin 40%

Single distilled.

Italian Juniper, Moroccan Corriander, Califonian Lemon and Grapefruit, FloridaOrange, Thai Ginger

Re- Tasted: Sept 2013

Quite oily but pleasantly fresh with an oily, wheaty character along with hints of juniper, citrus and lemon grass. 

The palate is soft and lightly oiled with sweet juniper and plenty of tangy grapefruit. Lightly floral with an almost crystallised orange note. Medium length with a lovely gingery finish.

Leopold Bros Small Batch Gin 40%

Tasted: Aug 2008

A very interesting nose which combines the crisp, citrus aromas of London Dry with a heavier, oilierPlymouthlike note. There is definitely no shortage of Juniper aromas here! The palate is much like the nose with a slight whisky-esque note. It is slightly oilier and less citrusy than the nose would suggest, but it is very smooth and lovely neat.

No209 Gin 46%

Distilled by the No209 distillery in San Francisco

Four times column distilled Midwestern corn using pure snow melt from the Sierra-Nevada mountains.

Botanicals – Juniper, Bergamot Orange, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Pods, Cassia Bark, Angelica Root, Coriander Seeds

Tasted: July 2013

Quite floral and citrusy aromas with a prominent, leafy bergamot note along with subtle juniper and hints of woody, coriander spice. 

The palate is soft and subtle, opening with a floral lemon and sweet bergamot. Like the nose the juniper is very subtle and although the palate is fresh it also has a lightly oiled character with the coriander coming through on the finish. Long, with the lightly oiled citrus notes lingering. Pleasant if a little straightforward.

Rock Town Distillery, Brandon’s Gin 46%

Vapour infused Juniper, coriander, angelica, cinnamon, lemon peel zest, orange peel zest, anise.

Tasted: June 2013

A very fresh and citrusy nose. Exceedingly lemony with hints of juniper and angelica. The spices are very subtle but they do have a lovely earthy character. With time a light, toasted corn note appears. 

Dry, fresh and citrusy on the palate with subtle notes of juniper and coriander. There is plenty of angelica on the middle and it becomes quite intense and spicy! The alcohol definitely gives it a bite! Good length with the anise coming through on the finish.


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