Review: Smooth Ambler Greenbrier Gin

We recently raved about Smooth Ambler’s Yearling whiskey. Now we’ve got another, far different, spirit from the same company up for consideration.

In a world increasingly dominated by flowery, lighter-styled gins, the small batch Greenbrier Gin is a whole different animal. It’s a juniper bomb without being overpowering, far more herbal than floral, which gives it a pleasant but distinct bitter edge.

There’s a curious dark chocolate character beneath the greenery, and the finish heads back into the land of citrus — mandarin orange, with a touch of lemon peel and even grapefruit. There’s no ingredient list made public for this West Virginia-born gin, but on the palate it speaks more of tradition than the avant garde. Very pleasant and set for a variety of workhorse cocktail applications.

Distilled from a mix of grains. 80 proof.

B+ / $30 /

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