Made by Sweetgrass Distillery and Winery in Union, Maine., Back River Gin describes itself as a:
“Gin made in the London tradition with a Maine twist, blueberries. The combination of organic botanicals, Maine blueberries, and sea air give our gin its refreshing taste.”
I’m not sure if the sea air can really affect a gin (unless it’s aged), but I do know that Plymouth and Adnams Gins are both made by the sea and both produce excellent products.
Back River Gin uses Neutral Grain Spirit as its base, contains a mix of seven botanicals and is bottled at 43%ABV.
1) On its own
Nose: Orange, lime and coriander. There’s also hints of lemon shortbread, grain and, finally, a hint of vanilla. There’s also a touch of powdered liquorice root that gives the nose an almost talc-like quality.
Taste: Heavy on the citrus, this has both orange and coriander notes that are accompanied by sweet anise. The flavour becomes smoother as you continue to drink, with juniper and a swirl of floral notes at the end.
2) Gin & Tonic
Very floral, with zesty citrus, hibiscus and a fair dose of lavender and pine. This isn’t Classic in terms of style and produces a Gin & Tonic that is far more perfumed than many others. The flavour of coriander leaf is prominent throughout.
This cocktail is full of strong and spicy cardamom, along with cilantro and cinnamon. These notes are dominant and the juniper definitely takes a backseat in this Martini. There’s some lavender towards the end, but the finish is mostly just more cilantro and dry cinnamon.
This is a sound Negroni that has good balance and contains all of the aspects that a traditionalist would expect in the cocktail, but – sadly – has no “WOW” factor. Still, for fans of traditional Negronis, this won’t disappoint.
This gin has plenty of citrus, floral and coriander notes and whilst the juniper is there it certainly takes a back seat. That said I think the gin could be good to converting reluctant gin drinkers to some of the classics.
My favourite drink was the Martini.
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Cocktails with… Knickerbocker Gin from Michigan