I remember ten years ago reading about Philadelphia Distilling opening in Pennsylvania. It was a huge deal at the time because it was the first legal distillery in the state since 1919. Today, the company is one of the top ten small craft distilleries in the USA.
The gin uses only five botanicals; juniper, coriander, lemon and orange citrus peel and angelica root. Distilled five times, the spirit is then aged for three months in new charred American Oak barrels.
The name Bluecoat pays homage to the colonial soldiers of the Revolutionary War. The British wore their “redcoats”, but the American coats which were available weren’t always necessarily blue. More often than not, they were brown, sometimes green. But, blue was the popular choice amongst the officers. Eventually, the foot soldiers prefered the color, and in 1779 by act of Congress, General George Washington ordered that all military coats be blue.
Bluecoat Gin (94 proof)
Nose: Citrus and juniper work in tandem creating a fruity, yet dry nose. Sprightly and engaging.
Taste: The juniper comes through loud and clear, but does not dominate the blend. Quite tasty and balanced with just the right amount of lemon and orange. There is a dry and slightly bitter edge that creeps in after a minute, keeping things from being too sweet and fruity. Intensely up front and self-assured.
Finish: Long and with hints of the citrus popping in and out. It tastes like the citrus was infused from fresh peels as opposed to dried. Quite refreshing.
Overall: A great gin for any cocktail, especially ones that lean toward lemon, lime or orange juice. But, the simple approach of a few botanicals also makes it a perfect gin for more complex cocktails like the Aviation or Last Word.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Bluecoat Gin