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Leopolds American Small Batch Gin (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
Launched in 2002, Leopold’s American Small Batch Gin is made by distilling each of the 6 botanicals (juniper, orris root, cardamom, coriander and hand-zested Valencia Oranges and Pummelos) separately and then blending the six distillates together to make this hand-bottled, labelled and numbered gin.
If gin can be produced by adding the botanicals to the still before distilling the entire steep in one run, you might ask, why distill separately? Leopold's explains:
"...not all botanicals (juniper, coriander, etc.) have the same boiling point, so when a distiller distills all the botanicals together, searching for the best juniper flavor, for example, he/she is overboiling the coriander.
When botanicals are overboiled, tannin-like flavors are extracted, drying out the final Gin. We take a different tack by placing each individual botanical in the still and distill them off separately. We carefully make cuts like you would for a whiskey: heads, hearts, and tails. The heart portion is when, as an example, the fruity-floral nose of the juniper is at its cleanest. After the heart has been collected, the refined juniper nose gets muddled and cloying, smelling and tasting a bit like pine trees. We discard this portion, favoring the cleaner hearts portion, and this lends our spirit its rounded, clean finish that is unlike any other gin in the world. We apply this method for the rest of our botanicals: Orris Root, Cardamon, Coriander, and hand-zested Valencia Oranges and Pummelos, carefully extracting the best aromas that these botanicals have to offer. The result is a softer, brighter, and more approachable spirit.
Other reviews... Clear. Aromas of vanilla taffy, dusty tissue, ground pepper, and faint juniper follow through on a round entry to a dry light-to-medium body with faint golden raisin, pine needle, and spice notes. Finishes with a white peppercorn, citrus pith, anise powder, and talcum powder fade. Try in Bloody Marys.40% Alc./Vol. 88 points (Highly Recommended)
International Review of Spirits Award: Silver Medal