Cocktails with… Karner Blue Gin (from New Hampshire)

Karner Blue is made in New Hampshire, the 9th state to join the Union, which it did on 21st June 1788. The gin is made by Flaghill in Lee, New Hampshire. The distillery (and associated winery) make an array of spirits, including a vodka, apple brandy, and grappa, as well as a selection of liqueurs.

Karner Blue is based on apple spirit and contains 9 botanicals which include:

Juniper, Lemon, Orange Orris Root and Cinnamon

1) On its own
Nose: Sweet and fruity: mostly apricot jam and blackberries, with a touch of cardamom.
Taste: Smooth and creamy. Light and fruity to start, then a richer creaminess appears, making the gin seem warm and heavier. Orange, lemon and hints of peach, as well as the more spicy and bitter aspects of orange follow.

2) Gin & Tonic
This is definitely a fruity variety of this classic gin drink, with a peach and strawberry jammy finish. It is quite sweet, but not overly so, and a slight zestiness gives it balance. This full-flavoured Gin & Tonic was a real treat and well-liked by the panel.

3) Martini
Very clean and crisp notes of orange and coriander. There’s also some cilantro (coriander leaf), too, and the cocktail is lightly perfumed with floral, herbal notes. A lemon twist would be the best garnish.

4) Negroni
This cocktail is quite sweet to start, although some dry, herbal notes appear after a moment, followed by some strong, juicy (rather than dry) juniper at the end. It seems quite traditional, overall, but is perhaps cosier than your average Negroni. Easy to drink, clean and – somehow – comforting.

In Conclusion
There are some sweet and juicy notes to this gin, as well as a good dose of coriander leaf. The comforting Negroni was very appealing, but the Gin & Tonic, with its luscious plum notes, just had the edge for me.

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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.

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