You may have heard of Pink Gin (gin with aromatic bitters), but Blue Gin? The London No. 1 isn’t as gimmicky as it sounds. The natural coloring comes from gardenia flowers and adds a sky blue hue to the spirit. Crafted in London, UK, using a blend of Suffolk and Norfolk grain along with twelve botanicals, the gin is quadruple distilled in small batch pot stills. Packing a punch at 94 proof; it utilizes juniper, coriander, angelica, orris root, liquorice root, orange and lemon peel, almond, savory, cinnamon, cassia bark and gardenia. But, there is a 13th ingredient: bergamot oil.
Bergamot is made from the rind of Bergamot oranges and was one of the ingredients used in the original Eau de Cologne dating back to 1709. Today, you can smell Bergamot in Earl Grey tea. The blue color of this gin comes from the fruit of the Gardenia plant and is a natural food coloring.
The London No. 1 Original Blue Gin (94 proof)
Visual: Pale blue.
Nose: Juniper forward with some citrus. Quite bracing and loaded with high notes of botanicals.
Taste: Mellow and smooth with a creaminess that moves into more dry territory rather quickly. The juniper berries lead the way and definitely render this a London Dry style. Nothing unusual or out-of-place.
Finish: Medium long with a hint of blackberry at the very end. Pleasant and slightly sweet.
Overall: A very well crafted gin that will work just as well in a G&T as a classic Martini. I appreciate its subtlety and the fact that it stays true to form within the category.
GSN Rating: A-
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