Bartenders Dry Gin
Followers of the World of Gin section may recall that, unusually, the sample for my review of Polish Gin, Gin Lubuski, came from my friend Seva in the USA. (I later reviewed the lime version, which I picked up in Spain.) Today, I am looking at a bottle of a Romanian Gin that has also gone from Europe to North America and back again.
The gin in question is called Bartenders Premier Finest Dry Gin. It is distilled in Romania by S.C. Global Spirits Company S.R.L. and is bottled at 40% ABV.
On its own
Nose: Chocolate and pine.
Taste: Quite intense and fiery, with notes of citrus, pine and coriander, and a full, slightly viscous texture. The power of the alcohol also stays with you for a while.
Gin & Tonic
Reasonable pine and citrus make this quite a light and refreshing Gin & Tonic. It’s nothing special, but a good thirst quencher.
Creamy citrus to start, with just a hint of chalkiness and then some pine. Whilst not bad, this is improved by an olive garnish.
This is a simple Negroni: the gin takes a bit of a backseat to the other ingredients, however some pine does comes through. The drink is warming with a long finish; not excellent, but quite drinkable.
Bartenders Gin is not the most amazing gin out there, but, at the right price, would be perfectly acceptable and could be a good mixing gin. My favourite drink of those that I tried was the Gin & Tonic.