New gins hit the market frequently and, sadly, many of them are not very good, or they so deviate from what gin is, it’s merely a clear spirit. So leave it to the Scotts to make some cool gin. Distilled at Balmenach Distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland (known better for whisky) the CaorunnSmall Batch Scottish Gin includes five specific botanicals including Rowan berry, heather, bog myrtle, dandelion and apple, all from the region, and so unlike other gins in that they simply don’t have these natural resources. Think of it as a New World London Dry style. No these elements are not specifically distinguishable but together they produce a lively gin with a clean, pure expression. There are back notes of pepper spice, juniper, menthol, and fresh mint. It deviates from heavy juniper gins instead providing more zesty citrus, slightly sweet and a great sipper on its own. It’s 83 proof and runs about $35.
Since gin is colorless, why not use the Nachtmann Highland Tumbler in Reseda (that’s the green color) that is made of Bavarian machine-cut un-leaded crystal. Sure, tumblers come in many styles but holding this glass is nice to the touch, the grooves not so deep that it’s awkward in your hand. It’s also not a heavy tumbler (some have such thick glass it’s like you’re doing free weights). This is cool looking, with a soft rounded lip and it’s dishwasher safe. Nachtmann started in 1834 producing glassware and today has an extensive line of glassware, of which this tumbler is a nice addition to my bar set. Retail for a single glass is $19.99.