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.
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.
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.