Cocktails with… Gale Force Gin

Gale Force Gin from Massachusetts was the fourth gin that we tried during our recent tasting, New Hampshire having joined the union on February 6, 1788.

(There is currently no New Jersey (3rd) or Connecticut (5th) gins.)

It is made by Triple Eight Distillery on Nantucket Island, which was founded by Dean and Melissa Long in 1997. The distillery is named after its ultra pure water source, well #888.

Gale Force Gin was first released in January 2005 and is made with an organic wheat spirit base and a mix of 8 botanicals:


There are notable absences of Coriander and Angelica (two very popular gin botanicals).

The Taste

1) Own
Colour: Light straw-yellow.
Nose: Vanilla and citrus, like a tart au citron (lemon creme tart). It also reminds me of French Milk and Lemon Eau de Vie. There are some floral elements, but, overall, the gin is rather confectionery, somewhat like gin ice-cream.
Taste: Soft to start, then up pops the juniper, cream and citrus; the flavours build for an intense flavour at the end. The finish is dry, but maybe less refined than other gins. There are additional hints of orange blossom and a touch of cinnamon.

2) Gin & Tonic
Fresh, with lots and lots of cardamom and an earthy, bitter finish. There’s some dry juniper and a bit of citrus in the middle. Crisp, clean and rather good.

3) Martini
Full of citrus and spice. This is warmer and less crisp than many other Martinis, with warm, spiced notes of cinnamon and cardamom coming through. A twist of orange may be a better choice for a garnish than the ubiquitous lemon or olive.

4) Negroni
Sweet, clean and dry, with a long, bitter finish. Unlike its contemporaries, a Gale Force Negroni lacks deeper herbal notes. However, it still has the typical bitter/sweet profile and a fair dose of juniper. Perhaps this would be a gentle way to introduce otherwise reluctant Negroni drinkers to the cocktail?

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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.

2 thoughts on “Cocktails with… Gale Force Gin

    • It is quite a nice gin,

      It seems that Coriander is the most divisive of the botanicals. I’ve found a surprising number of gin drinkers look for gins where the pedal is stepped off the coriander pedal just a tad. But I also quite enjoyed this one. Solid review as usual. I have to be honest, all the times I drank it, I never quite noticed it was slightly off-yellow!

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