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Gin Review: Bluecoat

Bluecoat American Dry Gin:

Distiller: Philadelphia Distilling
Spirit: American Dry Gin
Price: $26.95
ABV: 47%

Intense notes of juniper and bitter orange. Lighter notes of citrus, coriander, and a slew of other things my palate did not recognize. I have had quite a few gins in my time, but this is something truly different (and refreshingly so).

Oh, boy! Does have full force punch, or what?! The intense orange note smacks you in the mouth, but is equally matched my the sublime juniper finish. Behind these two flavors lies an incredibly complex array of notes ranging from cardamom and coriander to citrus. Despite the intense flavor, this gin is remarkably well balanced.

The Martini.
After a straight sip of this potent potable, I new I had to try it in a martini. I brought out my Martini & Rossi dry vermouth, fresh pimento stuffed olives, and a cocktail glass, and proceeded to prepare for myself a 4-to-1 martini with 2 olives. And what can I say? It was one of the best martinis I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The vermouth and olives never overpowered the flavor of the gin, and the taste was simply divine.

(Note: does very well with both a lemon twist or an olive)

Classic. This bottle is both elegant and rustic. It’s imperfect symmetry and hand-blown appearance connote images of colonial America. Meanwhile, it’s exotic blue glass politely requests a showcase spot on your bar. The perfect mix of antique and contemporary.

This is now one of my favorite gins. If you are looking for an intense gin that offer something quite different compared to the typical gin flavors, you owe it to yourself to try Bluecoat out. It works incredibly well in cocktails, but would also do well over some ice with a lemon or lime. In short: if you like gin, pick this bottle up for that special occasion when your regular, go-to gin isn’t going to cut it, and you want something a little special and somewhat different with a strong citrus palate.


Reviewed by Richard Borean

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