Cocktails with… Rudolf Jelinek Czech Dry Gin


I came across a miniature of this gin a little while ago, so it was great to have a chance to enjoy it in greater quantities.

Rudolf Jelinek is a drinks company that was founded in 1894 and has been exporting from the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) since 1934. Jelinek’s flagship product is Slivovitz, a plum Eaux de Vie, which is avaialble in various versions. They also make vodka, fruit brandies and a variety of other fruits and liqueurs.

When it comes to juniper flavoured spirits, in addition to their Dry Gin, they make two Juniper Brandies, one of which is aged for six months.

Rudolf Jelinek Dry Gin is bottled at 40% and its botanicals include juniper, orange peel, coriander, almond and other spices.
1: Own
A little harsh on the nose, with quite a lot of alcohol and a little vanilla. On its own, the gin doesn’t have a huge amount of flavour; it’s rather understated, with any flavours  being rather herbal.
2: Martini
Citrus (lime) on nose; tasting it blind, I could almost mistake it for a Gimlet. In terms of taste, there were strong notes of juniper, pine and wood. If there was ever a drink called a Forest Martini, this would be it. It was unusual, rustic and rather good.

3: Gin & Tonic
Light, with sweet citrus and a touch of anis or fennel. Refreshing, with some herbalness, a touch of ginger and cinnamon. This remind me of – the now discontinued – Gordon’s Distiller’s Cut.

4: Tom Collins
Some notes of juniper and some of pine, but the drink is overwhelmed by the lemon juice.

5: Gimlet
A bit hazy and disappointing; the flavours clash, creating a drink that has some freshness, but is, overall, below par.

6: Pink Gin
Quite sweet at the start with a bitter finish. This has the balanced bitter-sweet partnership needed for a successful Pink Gin. It was easy to drink and really allows the flavours of the gin to come through.

7: Gin Bump
Lovely flavours of pine and juniper. This is another forest-feeling drink, as well as one of the best Gin Bumps I’ve ever had. A great way to drink the gin.

8: Aviation
Sweet and floral; the flavours are reminiscent of sherbet: quite nice. Dry in the middle, with a long juniper finish.

In Conclusion
Not having tried any other Czech gins, I don’t know for sure that Jelinek Dry is a typical example, but it does seem to fit in with the area’s history of pine and juniper brandies. I’ve not tried another gin that is as reminiscent of an evergreen forest as this.

Cocktail highlights were the Gin Bump and the Martini.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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