So last week we did a bit of a Moonraker and actually featured Cardinal Gin rather than the advertised Greenhook.
The seventh gin that we tried during our United States of Gin tasting was Greenhook Gin, which is made by Greenhook Ginsmiths in Greenpoint (Brooklyn), New York State.
1) On its own
Nose: Smoky (light ash), spice and orris.
Taste: Strong and dry, with bitter pine at the centre of the flavour and a spicy, savoury kick at the end. There are also spicy notes of coriander, cinnamon and orange and a very dry, almost tannin-like finish.
2) Gin & Tonic
This tastes of dry tea, some dried berries, cilantro and a fresh, vegetal flavour of red chilli peppers. It’s very savoury for a Gin & Tonic, which makes it distinctive and intriguing. With its slight touch of saltiness on the finish, this would be good with food and perhaps with a vegetable (olive?), rather than fruit, garnish.
With its mass of floral flavours, this is perfumed, with notes of orange and coriander. It’s not a classic-style of Martini, but is still rather tasty. Leafy notes appear partway through, partly reminiscent of marigold, and it’s topped off with a smoky finish.
This has a fruity nose and a taste with lots of both fruit and vegetal elements (such as tomato); there’s also a smokiness in the middle. This gin really makes an impact in this cocktail and brings something new. It reminds me of a greengrocers full of fresh produce and the drink grows on you as you sip, with lovely herbal anise on the finish.
Greenhook Gin has a pleasant smokiness that distinguishes it from almost every other gin (the closest is the exceptionally limited edition Sipsmith Smoked); it also has some savoury characteristics that are not too common. This makes for a gin that produces unique cocktails and can really add some new character and life to traditional gin tipples. The Gin & Tonic has a lot of potential, especially with the right garnish.
United States of Gin will return in…
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