Bully Boy Distillers recently launched Estate Gin, crafted with regionally indigenous ingredients that reflect New England character and the terroir of the region. Estate Gin serves as Bully Boy’s flagship gin and joins the distillery’s current line of premium regionally-inspired spirits.
While most gins utilize a neutral grain base, Estate Gin starts with a unique blend of neutral apple and grain, which is made in-house by distilling Stormalong cider, a local Massachusetts hard cider. To complement the apple base, Bully Boy uses wild juniperus virginiana and McIntosh apples, both sourced from the Bully Boy co-founders’ family farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts, alongside coriander and lemon as the main botanical charge. To add additional depth, the gin features hints of hibiscus, pink peppercorn and lavender.
“When we began developing our gin, both Will and I knew we wanted to make a strong and traditional gin in structure, but enhanced with bigger, bolder flavors that celebrated home,” said Dave Willis, co-founder of Bully Boy Distillers. “Estate Gin is our answer to the traditional London Dry Gins, but rooted with flavors that reflect New England, including some from our own backyard at Charlescote Farm.”
Bully Boy Estate Gin (94 proof)
Nose: Light, airy, crisp and slightly floral.
Taste: A lot of mid-range and a definite sweet apple note. The botanicals are very subtle, tending to hide in the background. The juniper seems wan, while the peppercorn takes a more direct approach. Other autumnal baking spices give this a similarity to fresh-baked apple pie in a glass.
Finish: Medium long with that ever-present apple character bringing things to a close.
Overall: This is more akin to a flavored vodka than a gin, but that being said, it’s a good one.
GSN Rating: B+
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