Confession: I love gin. There, I’ve said it. For some reason, gin can be a divisive topic amongst drinkers, “It burns” or “Uh, Christmas trees, seriously.” Come now, if you’re drinking bad gin, sure, then it’ll be bad. Bad beer is bad too. However, good gin — I’m talking the really good stuff here — it’s ethereal. It’ll help you escape to a better place. Some of the best I’ve tried in recent memory? Genius Gin.
The first thing you’ll notice about Genius Gin is its clean juniper nose. I think that’s where most people get hung up on gin: they’re not familiar with juniper. Let me set the record straight right here, right now. It’s awesome!
Once you dive deeper, you’ll notice some other lovely notes, some citrus (lime, dare I say) and even some cardamom. You bet’cha, it smells like a good gin. It’s not too floral, not too juniper-y, not too alcohol boozy (which, I assure you, can happen).
However, the real amazement comes when you drink it. We tried the Naval Strength (i.e. the 114 proof stuff; that which will put hair on your chest) and do you know what the most alarming part of it was? Straight up, no ice, not chilled, just out of a snifter tasting glass you could happily drink it straight.
I kid you not.
It blew my mind. I’m 99% sure they’re magicians down there in Austin. That’s the only logical explanation I can come up with as to how something with a 114 proof doesn’t burn when you try it straight.
That, though, is only but a small part of the story. It doesn’t burn, which is pretty darn righteous, but how does it taste? Well, you my friend, you’re in for a treat.
The juniper that was on the nose? Check. The light citrus notes? Oh, those come out in full force. This is screaming for a splash of tonic and a squeeze of lime — if that’s your thing. Me, I’ll drink it on the rocks thanks.
Smooth, tasty, delicious, no burning, juniper, citrus — a magical elixir.
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that you can get your hands on Genius Gin, do it. Seriously. Don’t waffle, don’t hesitate, get it done. Not sure if you’re a gin fan? No problem, you’ve had bad gin (unless you’re my mother, she drank an entire bottle of Beefeater by herself one afternoon during her formative years in Denmark, so she has a good excuse not to be a gin fan — the rest of you though, no excuse). Take my word for it, pick this up and see if you’re still not a gin fan.
Oh, and if you don’t like it? Feel free to send me the rest of your bottle. It’ll be going to a good home.