The Halve Maen (or Half Moon in English) was the ship that Henry Hudson sailed from Amsterdam, Holland to what is now New York in 1609. So, it is only fitting that New York’s Tuthilltown gin is named after the ship since the precursor of gin (genever) was first distilled in the Netherlands in the late 1500’s. This new American styled craft gin is unusual in that it is made from a blend of 80% wheat and 20% apples.
Half Moon Orchard Gin (92 proof)
Nose: Lemon citrus, juniper, and a somewhat evasive apple scent.
Taste: A lot of lemon flavor comes through with less herb and juniper berry following quickly behind. Quite dry and bright with an obvious nod to the London Dry style. Refreshing and full of flavor, and with the higher proof it is a highly mixable gin.
Finish: Long and intense with the citrus notes taking several curtain calls.
Overall: A marvelous gin for a 3-1 ratio Martini. The flavor profile works wonders with a good quality vermouth. There’s not a lot of complexity here, but it doesn’t need it, because it does a fine job as is.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Tuthilltown Spirits