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Monday, October 20, 2014

Gin Up: Cask Aging & Sage Cheese

I like gin, but in the spirits world gin is like that weird little kid who lives down the street from you that no one wants to play with. You know, there’s just something socially…odd about him. Oh sure, everyone loves vodka, whiskey, and tequila but gin needs more friends. So when an oak aged solera gin came my way I was excited to sample it. Hopefully the Citadelle Gin Reserve Solera 2013 might strike your fancy. My fancy has been struck and now I’m much happier. Using a solera method and aged in a combination of American casks, old Cognac casks, and Pineau des Charente casks (a French aperitif), it is softer, holds a slight woodiness and possesses a thicker viscosity. They use over 20 different botanicals as well, creating a multi- layered effect. The nose is clear juniper berry, soft mint and eucalyptus, coriander and dried thyme. There is a slight medicinal note on the back palate, but this is a terrific gin with no burn, and a host of clean, pure flavors. I prefer it neat, but if you choose to mix it will definitely intensify your cocktails. Get yourself a little sage cheese (yes, that’s what I said) and have yourself a little party, because that odd kid down the road now owns the neighborhood. CITADELLE GIN
ORIGIN: Cognac, France
PRICE: $34.99 - 750/ml

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