Review: Sourland Mountain Gin
New Jersey-based Sourland Mountain makes a wide range of spirits, ranging from vodka to bourbon to coffee liqueur. Today we look at a standby, Sourland’s “flagship” Gin (so called to distinguish it from its barrel-aged expression). There’s not a lot of data about what’s in the bottle, though the distillery notes that it uses 12 botanicals in the mix.
Let’s give it a try.
The nose is lightly earthy and a bit floral, offering notes of forest floor and chamomile, with coriander and cardamom lingering in the air. The palate takes few diversions, keeping the throttle down on floral notes over citrus and, curiously, juniper, which takes a decisive back seat to the rest of the experience. The potpourri impression is a substantial one that hangs on to the finish, where a slightly nutty character becomes evident, as well as the lightest of burnt marshmallow notes to give it just a touch of sweetness. It fares well enough as a general mixer, but it’s not my go-to for a martini or other gin-heavy libations.
90 proof. Reviewed: Batch #53.
B / $35 / sourlandspirits.com
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