We first reviewed Bluecoat Gin in 2008, two years after it was first launched, when American distilled gins have been far much less widespread. At present we return to the model to see the way it stands up 13 years later and likewise to strive two newer gin expressions produced by the Philadelphia based mostly distillery. The distillers of Bluecoat hadn’t revealed the complete checklist of botanicals used to make their flagship gin once we first reviewed them and so they refuse to reveal the entire checklist of any of their merchandise to this present day. Let’s give them a strive.
Bluecoat American Dry Gin (2021) – Making an attempt this gin in 2021, its taste and character hew very near our authentic overview. Juniper is main on the nostril with pronounced mint and lemon becoming a member of in on the palate. All three notes come collectively properly, and regardless of its greater proof, it’s a very approachable gin. Within the time since this gin was first launched and drew a whole lot of consideration, extra audacious gins have come out, however Bluecoat stands the check of time and stays an assertive gin that’s balanced and drinkable by itself, and is vibrant and interesting with tonic. Additionally, the value level for this higher-proof gin has really gone down because it was first launched, making it a unbelievable discount. 94 proof. A- / $25 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Bluecoat Elderflower Gin – Hazy golden yellow within the glass, this gin expression begins as Bluecoat Gin after which has natural elderflower added by way of a maceration course of. On the nostril, the addition of elderflower is sort of pronounced and it joins with the lemon, which right here comes throughout as candied lemon rind. On the palate, the elderflower is pungent, nearly overpowering with floral character. After recovering from the preliminary floral blast, I picked up a few of the piney juniper within the background together with a pleasing bitterness. This spirit is likely to be successful for many who love floral gins however the elderflower was too robust and dominant for me, even in a gin and tonic. 94 proof. B- / $30 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Bluecoat Barrel Completed Gin – Aged in wooden for a minimum of 12 months, Bluecoat Barrel Completed Gin exhibits its time within the barrel with a light-weight brown shade. The nostril presents a beautiful mixture of gin botanicals and the wooden’s affect. Gentle lemon citrus comes first, adopted by vanilla, baking spices, after which mild pine. Altogether it smells like lemon pie. The dessert character continues on the palate as vanilla and baking spices arrive first, with lemon and pine notes following. The gin is excessive proof and just a little scorching; I discovered that just a few drops of water improved the expertise. However, tonic ruined the gin by introducing flavors that clashed terribly. This can be a gin to get pleasure from neat, with an ice dice, or with a contact of water. 94 proof. B+ / $35 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]