Named after the pit bull rescued by Wolf Distillery Master Distiller Ben Green, Mr. Pickles Gin carries the adorable face of the eponymous pup on the front of the bottle, and I’ll admit it, I’m smitten. The fetching blue bottle bearing a sweet-faced dog surrounded by flowers speaks directly to my heart. But let’s check out what’s inside the bottle. There we find a distillate made from locally grown, soft white winter wheat. Botanicals include Angelica root, Blood orange, Cardamom, Coriander seed, Cubeb berries, Juniper, Licorice root, Limes, Marshmallow root, Orris root, Pink peppercorns, and Sencha green tea. On the bottle, we find a more general description of Mr. Pickles Gin:
This Northwest-style gin is the embodiment of our distillery’s mascot – Mr. Pickles. Though our pitbull rescue may appear to a be a spiked-collar tough guy, this tail-wagging bundle of joy is as approachable as a Cascade meadow, just like our gin.
After trying the gin, I’d say this description is pretty spot on. Mr. Pickles Gin is a crowd pleaser with traditional gin notes, distinctive character, and a gentle demeanor. The nose opens with bright juniper, licorice, citrus, pepper, and a light umami note. On the palate, these elements come together very nicely, with orange notes rounding out the experience. The gin has bold flavor, but it shows no sharp edges. In a gin & tonic, it really shines. The individual notes can be appreciated, but it all comes together into a complex yet refreshing cocktail. Also, the price is quite reasonable for a quality gin. After a hard day at work, I can think of nothing I’d find more relaxing than to pour a G&T with Mr. Pickles Gin and pet a sweet puppy dog.
A- / $35 / ourwolfspirit.com