Bluecoat American Dry Gin is an aromatic gin with a bouquet designed for a defined palate. This is derived from the "secret" blend of all certified organic botanicals, a list which includes the required juniper berries, along with an American citrus peel selection, sweet orange, and lemon peel. The result of Bluecoat's small batch process is a divinely pure and natural-tasting gin that makes a fine cocktail base.
- An aromatic American-made dry gin.
- Produces a very fine Martini - as well as many other popular gin cocktails.
- Ornately designed, blue glass bottle.
- Certified organic botanicals.
- Somewhat limited availability.
- Gin distilled 5 times from proprietary blend of certified organic botanicals and neutral grain spirits.
- Small batch gin blended with triple filtered water.
- Master Distiller Robert J. Cassell
- Produced by Philadelphia Distilling
- Retails for around $30/750ml bottle
- Released in May 2006
- Gold Medal Winner - Best of Class 2007 San Fransisco World Spirits Competition
Review - Bluecoat American Dry Gin
The United States isn't the best-known country for its gin but there are now a few distilleries taking on the spirit who have a great start on changing this reputation. Philadelphia Distilling and Master Distiller Robert J. Cassell are doing just that with their release of Bluecoat Gin.
What they have created is a stunningly aromatic and deep gin from organic botanicals and that aspect is not only comforting but a welcome addition to the conscious spirit market. As a further step to ensure the quality, Bluecoat blends with triple filtered water and each small batch is tasted for quality before bottling.
As with any spirit, the true test is in the taste and, especially for gin, in its mixability. To gin cocktails Bluecoat brings an interesting flavor, one that is unique because of its fine balance between juniper and citrus - its dominating flavors. So, yes, it does make a remarkable Martini, but I also enjoy it in lightly fruit gin cocktails like the Aviation, Pegu Club, and Floradora. A sweet touch can also be found in cocktails similar to the Perfect Martini, where a semi-sweet, semi-dry and very aromatic pleasure is exposed to the palate.
Bluecoat opens with a beautifully aromatic nose of rose hips, juniper and lemon zest. The herbal palate is smooth and deep, filled with an earthy juniper and lovely citrus blend. Bluecoat finishes off with a long and deep flavor with a combination of dark wood and bright earthy notes that both contrast and compliment each other.