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Tasting Notes – Bluecoat Gin

Submitted by Tim Brice on February 16, 2011 – 2:29 pmNo Comment

Down with the British! Down with the Redcoats  with their London dry gins! It’s time to be revolutionary! Or so the folks at Philadelphia Distilling are hoping you will be. To the growing market of American batch produced gins, they are offering Bluecoat American Dry Gin.

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Found in a striking blue bottle at an ever growing number of retailers, Bluecoat is unique both in aroma and flavor. On it’s own, Bluecoat has a nose predominantly of eucalyptus and pear with only hints of  juniper berry. It has a very herbal almost leaf like nose which I find interesting.

In taste, Bluecoat is soft, almost round, with a dry crisp finish. It’s botanicals don’t dominate the taste or fight amongst themselves. Some gins hit you over the head with botanicals, with Juniper or their herb or bark of choice.  Bluecoat has gone for balance and, in the process, has created a sophisticated sip.  Juniper does not dominate neither does any other singular botanical flavor. In this regard, and compared with other common gins, Bluecoat’s flavor is on the muted side, very balanced and not overly floral.

Bluecoat excels in the cocktail shaker because it’s balance of flavors play very well with most of the other kids on the bar playground. I was pleased with the Gin and Tonic I made with Bluecoat, and pleasantly  surprised by the Dirty Martini it created. Bluecoat pairs well with most liquors.

In mixing with Bluecoat, look for cocktails that don’t require an overly assertive gin.  For example, drinks like a Bittered Gin Sling need an muscular gin to carry them. That is not Bluecoat.  I also did not care for a Negroni made with Bluecoat; the Compari simply overpowered it.

Overall, if you are looking for a new gin to drink straight, with tonic, or to balance out an otherwise full flavored cocktail, Bluecoat may be your new call to arms.

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