Cocktails with… Southern Gin (from Georgia)

Delaware was the first state whose gin we tried and Philadelphia the second; the third gin in our tasting was made in Georgia, courtesy of 13th Colony of Americus, Georgia, USA.

Southern Gin was launched in February 2012 and is made from a base of 190 proof neutral grain spirit (predominantly corn). It is bottled at 40%ABV.

Southern Gin contains an expansive 17 botanicals, including:

& 7 others that remain a mystery

In addition to this, 13th Colony also make a Plantation Vodka, a Southern Vodka and a Southern Corn Whiskey.

The Taste

Nose: Complex, herbal and floral, this was packed full of punchy pine and had a menthol, Vicks-like end.
Taste: Sweet rosemary, followed by a super amount of juniper pine (if you like prominent juniper, then this is definitely for you). This is more leafy and herbal than spicy, with a deep flavour that’s ripe for exploration; lime citrus comes through well and adds yet another point of difference.

Gin & Tonic
Lovely notes of pine and sap, with wood and pungent, green juniper followed by a touch of maple, honey and hints of eucalyptus; oh, so flavourful. At this point, it is worth remembering that I am describing a Gin & Tonic; Southern Gin knocks it out of the park and is very refreshing.

BOOM Baby! Absolutely full of sappy pine and plenty of juniper, followed by a touch of sweetness, a slight beeswax note and lots of green herbs. Unusual, this drink will exceed any expectation, and I really, really like it. Additionally, there’s a sweet citrus twist towards the end and a hint of eucalyptus. Unique, but superb; I’d highly recommend that you try it if you get the chance!

With the heavy piney juniper notes, this gin is a natural match for a Negroni; it produces a cocktail that is intense and has a strong, bitter finish – amazing.

In Conclusion

Southern Gin makes some of the most intense, but also intensely delicious gin drinks I have tried. It lends itself well to every drink that I tried and would stand up well in more complex cocktails with a greater variety of flavours. The Martini was my favourite.

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About DTS

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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