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Oxley Gin Review

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Everything about Oxley Gin screams super-premium gin: production capacity is only 240 bottles/day, it claims to be the first cold-distilled spirit ever, the cap is covered by a stylish leather tie and, of course, it is the most expensive bottle of gin in our local store (US$59.99). Is all this extravagance worthwhile? We took the plunge and bought a bottle ...

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Review: Junipero Gin

Writing a review of Junipero Gin is like writing a review of the sun. There’s not much to say.  Junipero Gin is the ultimate gin, illuminating the cocktail scene with a brilliant touchstone that all modern gins must be measured against. Drink it, and you’ll know what gin is.  And what vodka isn’t. Let’s start with the basics: this gin ...

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Sipsmith’s Gin Review

From the first glance at the bottle, Sipsmith Gin gives an impression of being extremely solid. The bulbous glass bottle features a simple label, with a graphic styling of a pot-still with a swan’s neck. The reference to the still is not random. Sipsmith is distilled in an old-fashioned copper still named Prudence. The still is the first to launch ...

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Hoxton Gin Review

If you’re in the market for an unusual gin experience, Hoxton Gin might be the spirit you’re looking for. Hoxton Gin is the brainchild of a bartender “geeking out over the beautiful spirit,” who set out to “create a fun gin that’s like no other on the market.” Well, it’s certainly fair to say that owner Gerry Calabrese has taken ...

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Leopold’s Gin Review

As the name suggests, Leopold’s Gin is produced in very small batches, limited to fifty cases each time. A family business from Denver, Colorado, Leopold Bros. began producing gin in 2002.  Like most hand-crafted distillers, Leopold keeps its presentation simple: the gin comes in a clear apothecary bottle, simply adorned with white labels and the batch number. American gin has ...

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Hendrick’s Gin Review

This review of Hendrick’s Gin has been a long time in coming. Hendrick’s is certainly one the best gins ever. Despite the gimmicky advertising , its “new gin” heritage and the retro apothecary bottle, Hendrick’s Gin is both tasty and versatile. Opening Hendrick’s Gin The marketing experts at William Grant & Sons started with brilliant packaging for Hendrick’s Gin. The antique ...

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Review: Aviation Gin

This gin review is quite challenging to write, because the first question that comes to mind is: Is Aviation Gin really gin? Aviation describes itself as a “botanical democracy”. Alas, democracy is for governments, but juniper is for gin. Aviation lacks that anchor. Some juniper can be found, but it is well-buried. Don’t get me wrong, this concoction is quite ...

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CapRock Organic Gin Review

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. Their tagline, “Not your grandmother’s gin” is an understatement to say the least. Some describe ...

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Review: Greylock Gin

Gin may have been invented in Holland (well, jenever or genever at least), but England created the sensation across its empire. So, it’s only natural that botique gins have emerged in Massachusetts, USA. It may be the home of the American Revolution and the “cradle of liberty”, but the names of towns and cities bear the mark of the British ...

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Review: Whitley Neill Gin

Whitley Neill gin was launched this year in the United States. It was created just a couple of years ago by someone who decided to save his “deteriorating eyesight from the joy of more mind-numbing spreadsheets”. I’m glad spreadsheets can have such inspiration! This gin is “made in London” and “inspired by Africa”, bringing innovative botanicals like gooseberries and baobab ...

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