Cocktails with… Jackelope Gin

Jackelope Gin is made at Peach Street Distillers in Palisade, Colorado. It is bottled at 40% ABV and contains eight locally-sourced botanicals.

So what is a Jackelope?

It is a rarely seen creature of North America, looking something like a jackrabbit with an antelope’s ears. They are notoriously difficult to catch, but it’s said that they can be lured into intoxication (making them easier to catch) by leaving them a flask of whiskey out overnight.

On its own
Nose: Dusky floral with hints of earthy, herbal notes, along with marshmallow and juniper.
Taste: Juniper (piney & sappy) came through more on the taste than the nose, along with plenty of coriander, too. This was quite a perfumed and floral gin, with additional hints of anise, chocolate and citrus. It had a medium-length finish with spicy black pepper towards the end.

Gin & Tonic
Very citrusy and exceptionally floral, this was heavy on the citrus: primarily lemon and lemon verbena, but also lemongrass and coriander. Not typical, by any means, but still quite nice.

A very herbal and floral Martini, with notes of lavender, coriander and woody bark. I thought this was rather contemporary in style, with maybe even a touch of the Eastern European style of gin. Tasty, with a floral and anise finish.

This made quite a classic Negroni, but perhaps one that had a few more bitter, herbal notes than would normally be expected. Nonetheless, this is pretty textbook for Negroni lovers.

In Conclusion
A pretty classic gin with a more contemporary twist, juniper and a good bunch of herbal flavours. My favourite drink was the Negroni which was intense and excellent.

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About DTS

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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