Cocktails with… Q (Quintessential) Gin

Modern Quintessential Gin

Modern Quintessential Gin

Original Quintessential Gin

Original Quintessential Gin

Q Gin, previously known as Quintessential, is distilled in England (maybe Greenall’s) and imported to the United States by White Rock Distilleries. It is distilled five times from grain. The bottle makes a good deal over the purity of the spirit.
Originally called Denbury’s Quintessential Gin, named after the Lord Daresbury, a chairman of Greenalls Group. In the last few years the packaging has had a revamp and the gin relaunched.
Q is distilled five times, as an essence with each of the four botanicals (this includes lotus flower & lavender) and then a fifth time with extra juniper and lime.*

Although only available in the US it certainly has it’s fan amongst spirit experts.

Gin author Geraldine Coates has described this as:

“exceptionally clean and dry in flavour” and an “instant classic”

F. Paul Pacult describes it as:

“the right choice for drinkers”

Own: Juniper and a hint of coconut come through; it’s sweet, soft and very smooth. Pleasant to drink and one of the nicest gins I have tried to drink neat.

Martini: Once more, juniper and a little spice are immediately evident. The coconut element is still present, but more subtle in this drink. Delightfully smooth; really, really nice.

Gin & Tonic: This is a very juniper-led G&T; quite light and soft, though. There is a bit of spice, but coconut, less so. It’s a bit juicy and a good thirst-quencher.

Pink Gin: Quite sweet and floral, with hint of violet sugar and refreshers sweets the finish is the juicy flashiness of edible flowers.Not very bitter at all.

~~ UPDATE 2014 ~~

I recently got a chance to try the originally Quintessential at Canon in Seattle with the following notes:

Nose: Strong juniper with some floral notes and a touch of soapy coriander.

Taste: Lots of floral notes, slight citrus, and coriander upfront, then some waxy, resinous juniper, followed by dry lime, more citrus and hints of dried flower petals. Overall, this is a classic and clean gin that is rather dry throughout.


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