Review: McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

Review: McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

First off: Mad points for a creative name. McQueen and the Violet Fog? Sounds like a killer lounge act — and in fact, the name comes from a poem by one Atticus, in reference to a (fictional) rock group. (Part of said poem is reprinted on the back of the bottle.)

Second off: It’s made in Jundiaí, Brazil, which is much better known for rum than gin. And sure enough, the distillate in McQueen is based on high-proof sugar cane, but the similarities to rum stop there. 21 botanicals are used to infuse the spirit: Along with classic gin notes of juniper, citrus, and flower, the gin’s ingredients include handpicked basil leaves from India, Portuguese rosemary, Mediterranean fennel seed, calamansi from the South Pacific, star anise native to Vietnam, and acai locally grown in Brazil.” Lemongrass, pomelo, and jasmine are also mentioned on the label.

Let’s give it a spin.

The nose is suitably complex, at once earthy and floral, with a heavy forest floor character that evokes notes of Turkish rug shops, dry pine needles, Magnolia, and dried flowers. There’s also a bitter bark note aroma here that evokes even more earth tones. On the palate, the gin is quite brighter than expected, with notes of citrus and apple butter at first, then a clear kick of rosemary. The finish melds this fruitier character with the up-front earth and juniper notes, segueing to a nicely balanced, yet slightly savory, conclusion. Complex, versatile, and recommended.

80 proof.

A- / $33 /

McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Cheapseats on December 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

    If you like cucumber/Hendricks you will like this. I don’t like either. Poured out most of the glass undrinkable.

  2. Mike on February 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    I just tried for the first time this weekend. Very distinctive and complex, but enjoyed enough to find a bottle.

    • Chloe on May 13, 2023 at 11:18 am

      It had a terrible affect on me, I poured out the whole bottle after one drink.

  3. Cheapseats on August 29, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Agree 100%. Trying to find some way to make it drinkable. G&T with it is gawdawful.

  4. A Jundiaiense on December 24, 2021 at 11:43 am

    If you propose to write about spirits, you should first learn the basics. Brazil is known for cachaça, not rum. Cachaça is made from sugarcane juice, rum most often is made from molasses.

  5. Susan on June 1, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    I think it’s delightful on the rocks with a lime twist.

  6. McQueen lover on June 22, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    This is my favorite gin! I love it ! Drink it neat! Right out of the bottle, I don’t even need a nipple.

  7. Lukman on September 30, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    The comment about “apple butter” comes close to describing this gin’s taste. It has that smooth texture, like fruit on the edge of fermentation. I would not call it “bright” by any means. I will find things to mix this with. Solo, it is not my favorite. For exotics I prefer the Japanese and Singaporean gins.

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