A very unique and interesting gin, well worth seeking out.
Notes: Lake Placid Spirits is a small distillery up in the Adirondack area of New York State and has a few products such as their Placid P3 Vodka and their 46 Peaks Vodka and now their new Blue Line Gin. Using only 7 botanicals ( including what could be best described as flower spikes and bark from a local pine tree ) they have created a very interesting and unique gin.
Appearance: Clear silvery bright, on swirling leaves a light coat on the glass with long legs slipping back into the pool at the bottom of the glass,leaving behind a few droplets
First Impression: Nicely aromatic, spicy with juniper, pine, citrus, and other spices and herbs to a make a pleasantly aromatic blend
Taste: Very spicy and aromatic with an interesting overly of pine and something that reminds me of saffron,also resinous and highland tequila notes to it.
Drinks: Makes a lovely Aviation, Gin and Tonic was excellent ( if a bit light on the juniper for people who like juniper), also a very interesting Negroni and some variations thereof. We think it also works well with Chartreuse ( both green and yellow)
Bottle: Rectangular clear glass decanter with heavy glass bottom with short neck. Silkscreened plastic applied labels, front label has “Blue Line Gin” with outline of the Adirondack Park ( 6 million acres btw) with Batch and batch date noted in ink on label. Back label has details about the park and the unusual ingredients they use. Good tight sealing cork with ridged edge is easy to open. Altogether a distinctive and attractive package that is easy to spot on a shelf and looks nice too
Other: The pine growth sprouts and inner cambium bark they use contain almost 10 times more vitamin C per ounce than many fruits and was very useful to the local Native Americans in preventing scurvy and similar problems – while they can’t make medical claims, you could tell yourself you are warding off malaria and scurvy with that gin and tonic.
Final Thoughts: A nicely done ,spare ,lean version of a gin with some nicely unique botanical additions
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