GSN Review: Gates of London Gin

gol_1L_btl_535pxSure, everyone knows about London Bridge, but not many today know about the London Wall and it’s seven gates.  Originally, called Londinium by the Romans who occupied the country formerly held by the Britons, they built a wall around the city to protect it from Pict invaders.  Originally, there were five gates of entrance and egress named Aldgate, Bishopsgate (as mentioned in The Beatles song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”), Cripplegate, Ludgate and Newgate. Later, two more gates were added as the city grew in population; Aldersgate and Moorgate.  These formed the seven gates which lasted for over 1,000 years.  Today, very little remains of the wall and the gates are completely gone, but in honor of it’s past history, we now have Gates of London gin.

Gates of London Gin (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Obvious juniper with fragments of other botanicals playing a supporting role.  Clean, crisp and entirely in the London Dry vernacular.
Taste: A bit thin and lighter in character than the initial nosing indicated.  Almost a gin flavoured vodka.  Not unpleasant, but not a strong contender for gin based cocktails.  Nothing stands out here other than a mild juniper character.
Finish: A bit sweet, a bit dry, and curiously mild.
Overall: A low to mid-range gin that will suffice when mixing G&T’s or a Tom Collins, but not hefty enough to work in more complex cocktails.
GSN Rating: B-

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