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.
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.
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.
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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