There are a whole host of Gins made in the 30th state to join the Union and many of them are excellent. In fact, Wisconsin is one of the Gin distilling hotspots in the USA*. Other Gins that I have tried from this state include Death’s Door and Yahara Bay, both of which are from Madison. For our United States of Gin Tasting, however, we decided to try something new and different.
Rehorst Gin is made by Great Lakes Distillery in the heart of Milwaukee, which was founded by Guy Rehorst. It was designed to be a Gin that gave a nod to the classic style, whilst having a contemporary twist.
Bottled at 44%ABV, Rehorst Gin contains a mix of 9 botanicals, which includes Sweet Basil and Wisconsin Ginseng.
1) On its own
Nose: A “quiet” nose, with just a hint of citrus and the faintest touch of mint.
Taste: Mainly juniper and coriander to start. This is rather earthy, but pretty classic in style, being not dissimilar to many British Gins, albeit being a little heavier on the floral side. All of the classic Gin flavours are there: juniper, coriander, angelica and citrus, which should make this pleasing to the traditionalists of the Gin World. This Gin is very fresh and I especially like how the flavours build to a crescendo, before finishing in a finish of leafy basil.
2) Gin & Tonic
As you might expect, this produces a classic Gin & Tonic, full of dry, piney juniper that’s followed by a touch of sweetness and a clean, refreshing finish. In addition, there’s a hint of vanilla marzipan towards the end. This is a crisp cooler that I could happily sip all afternoon.
A tasty tipple. Full of flavour and lots of character, it’s also very well-balanced. There is a lovely splash of citrus and spice in the middle (coriander and cardamom) and a tiny savoury hint on the finish. Superb, superb, superb!
Wow! So much flavour, this is succulent and full of juicy fruitness, whilst, at the same time, maintaining the herbal depth and bitter-sweet equilibrium that you’d expect from this cocktail. There’s a touch of anise and some nutty notes, too, all wrapping up with a beautiful crisp and bitter finish.
Rehorst is certainly in the Classic style of Gin, but with a little Wisconsin flair; its mid-Atlantic accent makes this a Cary Grant of the Gin World. Like Junipero and BIG Gin, I think it will please both traditionalist and revolutionaries alike and is in good company in terms of flavour and quality.