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Review: Tarnished Truth Fourth Handle Gin

When we reviewed their high rye bourbon last year, we told you that Virginia’s Tarnished Truth Distillery was located inside a historic Virginia Beach hotel, The Cavalier. Apparently that hotel was quite the place, like something out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. So decadent were the amenities that bathrooms had a “fourth handle” on the tub that allowed guests to bathe in saltwater pumped in fresh from the Atlantic Ocean. With a bit of tongue-in-cheek, Tarnished Truth decided to name their gin Fourth Handle, however, bathtub gin this is not. It’s a grain-based, American style gin (described on the label as “Coastal American,” whatever that is) with a short but exotic list of botanicals that includes rose, cubeb berries, and grains of paradise. Let’s check it out.

The nose is juniper-forward and earthy with plenty of pine needles, fresh cut meadow flowers, sweet sap, and just a dry hint of citrus. The juniper isn’t as punchy as most London-style gins, but the citrus is definitely dialed down from your typical American style offerings. The palate is creamy and not as pine-forward as the nose suggests. High tones of rose and dried lavender kick things off with a gentle, peppery warmth. Citrus peel arrives midpalate with a juicy sweetness that dries out on the finish, bright and green with cucumber slices and coriander. I’m still not sure what “Coastal American” gin is, but I can easily see myself sipping this by the ocean in plenty of gin drinks.

88 proof.

A- / $35 /

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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them, earning several booze-related merit badges along the way, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. In addition to his work with Drinkhacker, Drew is also Spirits Editor for Santé Magazine. A recovering Federal government employee, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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