(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:
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.
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.
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?