The Torrey Pine. Unique to the semi-arid shores of San Diego, but strangely reminiscent of the Juniper tree that embodies the London Dry style. Our Old Grove Gin blends the best of both worlds—crafted from freshly cracked, earthy and bold juniper berries, with subtle hints of fragrant rose and locally sourced coriander. For a drink that’s pure and proper, yet anything but contrived.
The gin is a celebration of our special connection to the land. We use pure grain spirits as a canvas to showcase juniper berry and raw northern honey. Added just before bottling, the raw honey imparts unique floral qualities that vary with season and blossom. Our distillery, on the banks of the Lamoille River in the Northeast Kingdom, is rooted in the agriculture of Vermont. Hardwick, Caledonia Country, is a community inspired by farms where the production of milk, cheese, timber, grains, honey, seeds, and herbs are part of our lives and help define our place.
“Each batch is aged in new American oak barrels for 3-4 months. While resting in the barrels, the gin is constantly transforming. The charred barrels contribute to the brown color of the spirit and give our Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat its complex flavor. This is our first brown spirit at Caledonia. After weeks of discussion with the TTB lead to us not being able to use the word “gin” on the label (as raw honey is added after distillation and then it goes into a barrel), we are calling this Reserve and Tom Cat. ” – Andrew Pinault
The smooth, subtle, malty flavor of this white spirit comes from using over 50% malt wine, which is made from long fermented rye, corn and wheat, triple distilled in copper pot stills. This malt wine, the heart of a good genever, is then infused with a carefully selected distillate of botanicals.
Old Raj Gin is distinctive in that it contains a measure of saffron, the rare and costly spice derived from the crocus flower. In addition to the slightly spicy flavor, this also imparts a pale yellow color. The subtle, aristocratic botanical mix (starring, of course, juniper berries) lures you into a warm, delighted sense of well being, a feeling deepened by the sheer silkiness of the spirit.
” The 55% abv blue label is one of the strongest and most expensive gins on the market. Look for the trademark faint yellowish-saffron tinge and herbal scent, with assertive pine and anise flavors and a tart lemony touch. Serve this overproof gin tamed with ice and lots of tonic.”
Citadelle Gin comes from the House of Cognac Ferrand. Proprietor Alexandre Gabriel has been experimenting with aged gin since 2008 when he first released Citadelle Reserve. But now he’s unveiled Citadelle Gin Reserve Solera 2013, the world’s first solera-aged gin.
This new product begins its life as unaged Citadell Gin, but then it experiences a unique aging process that employs the use of three different barrels: 1) ex cognac casks, 2) ex Pineau des Charente casks and 3) American oak. The gin is aged for between two and five months, with the three barrels then married together in a solera vat before bottling. At the time of bottling, only half of the vat is emptied. The residual is left over to blend with the incoming gin, a process used to ensure consistency among batches.
So after all that, how does it taste? Pretty damn good. The Citadelle Gin Reserve Solera 2013 pours light yellow in the glass. On the nose, it’s fresh and aromatic with juniper, coriander and citrus. Up front it’s a lot like the unaged Citadelle Gin, but there’s a hint of oak and spices from those barrels. Take a sip and that’s where things get really interesting. It’s soft on the palate with flavors ranging from juniper and citrus oils to mild vanilla, pepper, cinnamon and flowery notes. It finishes long and dry, with intense flavors lingering to the very end.
BEST SPIRIT 2009-WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE Small-batch gin, combines local juniper berries and botanicals to bring you layers of taste. Wild juniper berries are hand harvested. Clean finish of fennel.