There are few gins that have such distinctive packaging as Adler Gin and this is the only “Berlin Gin” that I know of. The gin is made in at an 150 year old Prussian distillery and the recipe itself dates from 1874, although Adler Berlin Dry Gin, bottled at 42% ABV, was re-released in 2004.
I spoke to one of the partners at Adler Gin today who is going to be sending me some more information, so look for an update next week.
Nose: initally spice and juniper. Then cinnamon and ginger. rather like gingerbread. Some coriander and angelica and the juniper is neither passive nor dominant.
Taste: Spice with angelica and cardamon, rather silky with some juniper.
#2 Gin & Tonic
Very complex, with lots of spice at the end. This wasn’t a classic-style gin & tonic and it had a touch of sarsaparilla, almost like root beer. It is refreshing, however, as a Gin &Tonic should be, and the juniper is definitely there, but plays a supportive role. Good.
Juniper and cinnamon spice come through in this Martini, making it, like many of the drinks we tried with Adler, full of flavour. Whilst lower on the crispness and citrus typical of some other Martinis, I thought it was really good.
Absolutely superb! The perfect balance of gin, sugar and lime; it’s fresh and crisp and full of zing. Highly recommended.
#5 Gin Collins
Lemon comes through quite a lot, making the drink quite refreshing and less sweet than usual. It’s refreshing, but the gin is a bit hidden. Very good as a drink, but less so as a way of showcasing the gin. Rather moreish.
Some of my Facebook friends recently voted this as their favourite gin cocktail after the Martini and Gin & Tonic. With Adler Gin, this works pretty well, although it doesn’t quite have the bite of an Aviation made with more juniper-led gins, to my mind it could do with a touch more lemon.
Very creamy and delicious; the gin blends in nicely with the other ingredients, with a little juniper and some spice predominantly coming through. Rich and flavourful, but finished very quickly.
#8 Pink Gin
A good combination: the bitters fit well with the gin, creating a clean and flavourful drink with some real depth-of-flavour; superb.
#9 Gin Bump
Slick and a touch oily, but very smooth. Sadly, despite the drink being enjoyable to drink, the gin is rather hushed; a nice combination, though.
#10 Gin Sour
Top notch; really cooling, with tartness from the lime and the bitter dryness of juniper coming through strongly. If you don’t like sweet drinks, this may be for you.
#11 Gin Old Fashioned
This was a rather tasty and sippable drink. The sugar syrup brings out the juniper, some cinnamon and nutmeg. Excellent.
#12 Maybach 12
[20ml Adler Berlin Gin (Dry Gin), 20ml Kirsch, 10ml Benedictine]
Add ingredients to an old-fashioned glass, add a large ice cube and stir.
A light golden liquid that starts off slightly bitter and then quickly moves onto being sweet and herbal, finishing up with the dryness of the juniper and kirsch. There is a long finish of dry cherry and a faint hint of sugar. A very pleasant way to drink Adler Gin.
Sometimes a gin will have great packaging, but be fundamentally an example of style over substance, but this is not he case with Adler: the bottle is great, as is the gin inside. There are good notes of juniper, but, equally, there is cinnamon and spice. Because of these additional flavours, the gin makes some very good twists on classic gin cocktails that are very enjoyable to drink; those that stood out were the Gimlet, Pink Gin and Gin Sour.