GSN Review: Ford’s Gin

86-000_FG_FORDS-GIN-TYPE-WITH-STRAPLINE-AND-STAMPSimon Ford is one of the busiest guys I’ve ever met.  He recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.  He has also in a previous life been Pernod-Ricard’s ambassador for Plymouth and Beefeater gins.  So, it only makes sense that he decided to his own liquor company.  What else could he possibly have to conquer?

Working with Master Distiller Charles Maxwell, Ford’s Gin at London at Thames Distillers, Fords Gin is a blend of nine botanicals steeped for fifteen hours before distillation in twin custom 500 liter stills named Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.  The ingredients represent a virtual trip around the world with Italian juniper, Romanian coriander, Spanish lemon peel, bitter orange peel from Haiti and Morocco, grapefruit peel from Turkey, Angelica from Poland, Indonesian cassia, Jasmine from China and orris root from Italy and Morocco.  The base spirit is distilled from English wheat while the water comes from Mendocino County in California.

Wow!  I need a drink just thinking about all of that traveling!

Ford’s Gin (90 proof)
Visual: Crystal clear.
Nose: Hearty dose of juniper up front with a backbone of citrus and lighter herbs providing color.  Very fresh and clean.
Taste: Lightly sweet, but with a transparency that allows the drier characteristics of the botanicals to shone through.  Very much in the London Dry style with an excellent distillate holding everything together.
Finish: Dry, crisp and immensely satisfying.
Overall: What stands out for me in this gin is that no one aspect overwhelms or dominates.  If anything, there is more of a floral character than citrus, but that’s debatable.  Despite being a new gin, this can go head to head with old standbys like Beefeater and Tanqueray.  Will work in anything from a G&T to a classic martini and everything in between.  Do not hesitate to pick up a bottle!
GSN Rating: A

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GSN Alert: 2013 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award Winners


Here’s a list of the winners from this year’s Spirited Awards extravaganza.  Congratulations to everyone!

American Bartender of the Year: Charles Joly

Best American Brand Ambassador: Todd Richman

Best American Cocktail Bar: Clover Club, Brooklyn

Best Bar Mentor: Julie Reiner

Best Cocktail Writing: gaz Regan

Best Cocktail Writing (Publication):

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar: Clover Club, NYC

Best Hotel Bar: Nomad Hotel

Best International Bartender: Jack McGarry, Dead Rabbit

Best International Brand Ambassador: Jacob Briars

Best New Cocktail Bar: Dead Rabbit, NYC

Best New Cocktail Book: Drink by Tony Conigliaro

Best New Product: Ford’s Gin

Best Restaurant Bar: Saxon and Parole

World’s Best Cocktail Bar: Drink, Boston

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: The Dead Rabbit

World’s Best Drink Selection: Canon, Seattle

The Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Salvatore Calabrese

GSN: Backbar Review – January 21-25, 2013

imagesSazerac Co. is readying a national rollout of a French vodka entry, Epic. Sazerac plans to start shipping Epic (roughly $13 a 750-ml.) to around 30 states in February, with national availability expected later in the year. Along with the core offering, Epic has six flavor extensions: Peach, Whipped Cream, Kiwi Strawberry, Cherry, Cake and Coconut. Sazerac said more flavors will be added at later dates.

imagesCelebrity mixologists Simon Ford, Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric have launched a new venture, The 86 Co., starting with a portfolio of four mixology-focused spirits. The lineup includes Caña Brava ($34.99), a three-year-old rum aged in a combination of new uncharred American oak and used American whiskey barrels; Fords gin ($37.99), distilled in London and featuring a blend of nine botanicals; Tequila Cabeza ($42.99); and Aylesbury Duck vodka ($30.99). The new products have rolled out in select markets across the country. They’re all packaged in 1-liter bottles designed for mixing—featuring long necks that are easy to grab, labels with useful information about the product, a scale with exact measures in fluid ounces and liters to help with recipes and a grip in the middle for handling.

imagesNewcomer Pavan Liqueur has launched its eponymous French brand in the U.S. Named after a European dance from the 16th century, Pavan is made with AOC-certified Petite Muscat grapes, which are aged in oak casks and blended with Muscat eau-de-vie and orange blossom water. The 18%-abv offering, which made its U.S. debut in Miami last month, is slated to roll out in New York and California in February. Priced at $30 a 750-ml., it’s positioned as a super-premium cocktail option, as well as an alternative to white wine or rosé.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily