Gin - Miller's Reformed London Dry 80
Martin Miller's Gin, Inc.
Miller's Reformed London Dry Gin 80 Proof
Imported by Cantina Italiana, LLC, Hollywood, Florida
PROOF: 80 (40%)
TYPE: London Dry Style - Westbourne Strength
AGE: Not applicable
PRICE: $25 750ML
Woody smell like a pineforest after a long rain. Earthy notes, without the overwhelming presence of juniper (to the exclusion of all else) that some gins have.
Taste: Black pepper from the cassia spreads across the tongue as a delightful surprise. Reminds me of a Szechuan peppery numb sauce. The juniper then starts to appear from behind it, along with a citrus reminiscent of a Seville bitter orange, along with the various other botanicals that give it a pleasant slightly astringent mouthfeel at the end.
Appearance: Crystal clear and viscous at the same time.
Drinks : We tried the gin in martinis, gin and tonics, and a few more. Made wonderful Martinis, particularly with a dash of Van Wee's bitters or Regans #6 Orange Bitters and a twist. It made for a very subtle and elegant martini that went down far too easily to be safe. As a gin and tonic, it held up well to the tonic and again made for a wonderfully smooth drink with subtle nuances. Be careful with this gin as it makes very seductive cocktails and blends extremely well with other ingredients.
My only negative comment is that it does not have the weight and body of Corney and Barrow (our personal favorite, if not iconic, gin). It has a uniquely a subtle, yet complex pallete of tastes and mouthfeel. It is in many ways like a Savile Row suit - impeccably made, understated, yet elegant and classic. An altogether delightful and refreshing gin!
Bottle: White upper label distinguishes it from the the blue label of the heavier proof sibling, the Westbourne Strength (90.4). Silk-screened clear reproduction on the back shows an antique map which includes both Iceland and the United Kingdom as well as images of the botanicals infused into the gin.
Other: Made in a traditional Pot Still (which is what gin was originally made in) not made in a Coffey or continuous still which is quite unusual these days. Made with Icelandic water and a secret ingredient which they do not (of course) name, but I suspect a touch of caraway.
If you are looking for a well made London Dry Style Gin of a traditional type this is a excellent choice and a excellent value to boot !It may not have some of the more citrus or other exotic flavorings of some of the newer gin variations out there but it is a good, solid example of its style. A great all around gin.
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