CapRock Organic Gin Review

17 April 2010 – 2:43 am

CapRock Organic Dry Gin is described by Peak Spirits as “a unique blend of fruits, buds, seeds, and spices infused and distilled in a base spirit made with organic Jonathon and Braeburn apples.”  It sounds like the perfect gin for cool autumn nights. And it is.

CroppedCapRockGinTheir tagline, “Not your grandmother’s gin” is an understatement to say the least. Some describe the aroma as “watermelon Jolly Ranchers”, but far more depth comes from CapRock’s fruity aroma. It would be candy if it wasn’t so luscious – and, of course, alchoholic. Peak Spirits doesn’t use common shortcuts like concentrates and flavor oils, but rather integrates ingredients like fresh-squeezed lemon and orange juice for components like citrus flavor. The result is richer than the average gin, but somewhat lacking in juniper for my tastes. Nevertheless, the bracing distilled fruit flavor makes up for it. As we head into summer, that means CapRock is a great foundation for a gin & tonic, especially for people who don’t like gin. For those who do like gin, it is delightfully complex simply on the rocks. Every sip will reveal a different element. Or do a cocktail riff on some of its core elements like apple or citrus.

I feel compelled to mention that CapRock is billed as the only organic gin distilled in the United States. They grow, ferment and distill at the Jack Rabbit Hill Biodynamic Farm in western Colorado’s North Fork Gunnison Valley. That’s nice, but not a compelling reason for me to like it. I like both “organic” and “inorganic” gins. What’s important is compelling flavor. CapRock certainly delivers in that regard. It is a wonderfully novel gin to add to your top shelf.

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