GSN Review: 6 O’Clock London Dry & Brunel Gins

Artisanal British gin brand 6 O’clock Gin recently announced the launch of its products in the U.S. Hailing from Bristol, England, the craft gins will initially be available in select cities in Florida and Georgia, soon followed by other states.

The American launch of the craft spirits maker comes just over two years after a group of Tampa-based investors and self-described gin nerds fell in love with them during a visit to family-run artisan spirits maker Bramley & Gage and decided to introduce the small-batch gins to the U.S.

“We’d literally traveled the world in search of exciting new gins, and when we tasted these, we knew we had to share them with fellow Americans,” said Daniel Martinez, director of 6 O’clock Gin U.S. operations. Among 6 O’clock’s products now available in the U.S. are its flagship London Dry, Brunel, Damson and Sloe gins.

One of the original pioneers of the U.K. gin boom back in 2010, family-owned craft gin brand, 6 O’clock Gin maintains its long-held family tradition of enjoying a gin and tonic cocktail at six o’clock, a very British custom, still enjoyed at the distillery and shared by gin-lovers all over the world.

GSN’s Thoughts: The London Dry style has a more citrus forward approach than juniper, making it lightly sweeter and not as bracing as one might expect. The other botanicals play a mellow role overall, with a short time on the stage. We like the smooth, easy approach of this gin which makes it ideal for a G&T, as well as most gin and fruit-centric cocktails. The other sample we were sent for review is the Brunel. Quite unique and with an exotic overtone, it features additional botanicals recalling spices from the Indian continent. There’s a subtle spice and smokiness which is absolutely captivating. A gin that is excellent as a sipper on it’s own, but also makes a killer Martinez.
GSN Ratings
London Dry: A-
Brunel: A+

6 O’clock’s Sloe, London Dry, Damson and Brunel gins are available nationally to the public on Cask Cartel: 

For more information go to: 6 O’Clock Gin

GSN Spirited News: November 17th 2020 Edition

U.K.-based 6 O’Clock gin has launched in the U.S. through the company’s Tampa, Florida-based subsidiary. The initial rollout will cover cities in Florida and Georgia before expanding into other markets, and will bring four of 6 O’Clock’s gins—London Dry (43% abv), Brunel (50% abv), Damson (40% abv), and Sloe (26% abv)—to the market. In the U.S., 6 O’Clock gin is backed by banking executive Susie Martinez and her son Daniel, plus Robert Rothman, CEO of Black Diamond Capital and one of the owners of the Washington Football Team.

Bardstown, Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distillery has announced a new limited edition Bourbon to celebrate the company’s 85th anniversary. The single barrel whiskey is bottled at 53.5% abv—a tribute to the distillery’s original barrel entry proof—and matured for 13 years. The whiskey comes in a custom wooden box with twin H’s on either side and blue satin interior trim. Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary 13-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available soon at the company’s Bourbon Heritage center and in limited Kentucky retailers for a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml.

Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard) has announced the return of the Blue Spot, the fourth entry in the Spot family of single pot still Irish whiskies. The cask strength whiskey is coming back to market after a 56-year absence and completes the family of luxury-priced whiskies. The Blue Spot is blended from whiskies aged in Bourbon, Sherry, and Madeira casks and bottled with non-chill filtering. The Blue Spot is rolling out in Ireland, UK, France, Canada, Northern Ireland, and Global Travel Retail now, and will launch in the U.S. in February 2021 with a suggested retail price of around €80 (around $94.50).

Conecuh Brands has announced the latest three additions to the Clyde May’s whiskey portfolio. First up is Clyde May’s 6 Year Single Barrel Bourbon, a 51% abv whiskey retailing at $50 a 750-ml. Joining the new Bourbon is an 8-year-old straight rye whiskey, bottled at 52% abv and made from a blend of 8-, 9-, and 10-year old rye whiskies. Finally, the company is releasing Clyde May’s 12 Year Cask Strength Alabama Style Whiskey, a 60% abv whiskey finished with apple flavoring. The cask strength 12-year-old whiskey will retail for around $130 and only a few thousand bottles will be available across the U.S.

Ready-to-drink, bag-in-box cocktail brand BarBox is debuting across the Florida, California, Colorado, Illinois, and New York markets. Retailing at $25, each BarBox contains 14 four-ounce cocktails, with initial offerings including a Cosmopolitan (24% abv), Negroni (26% abv), and Vodka Sour (20% abv), recommended to be served over ice. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based company was founded by brothers Matthias and Jacob Kozuba.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily