The name may sound like a gangsta rapper, but this premium gin isn’t something you’ll want to be mixing with OJ.
Made in France and distilled from grapes, this is not your father’s Tanqueray. The juniper flavor, a requirement of all gins, is there, but it’s substantially mellowed in G’Vine. In fact it’s lemon peel that is the strongest flavor in this gin, with orange peel following. Juniper, I’d say, brings up the rear. You can get the other botanicals (G’Vine claims nine total, none of which are lemon or orange) with extended sipping: G’Vine makes for a great martini or mixing with other citrusy cocktails. The overall taste is very fresh, with a clean finish.
At $33, G’Vine is expensive next to similarly flavored Plymouth and even Bombay Sapphire, but if you’re a true gin lover, you’ll probably find it worth the price.
A- / $33 / g-vine.com
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