GSN Review: Luxardo London Dry Gin

Known most widely for its proprietary marasca cherry products, including Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries, multi-generation family-owned premier Italian liqueur producer, Luxardo, now introduces its first clear base spirit to the United States market with the launch of Luxardo London Dry Gin, a juniper-forward expression that follows a family recipe going back two centuries.

Luxardo’s production of an ancestral juniper-based distillate can be traced back to 1833, only eleven years after the distillery’s founding in Zara, Dalmatia. This distillate serves as the blueprint for the Luxardo family’s Ginepro di Dalmazia recipe, developed in the early 1900s and now used to create the newly released Luxardo London Dry Gin. It employs a selection of nine botanicals, including juniper, coriander, iris, angelica, licorice, cinchona, cinnamon, cardamom, and bitter orange, which are infused for 24 hours in a traditional copper pot still prior to distillation. The distillate is refined for 19 days before being filtered, diluted to an ABV of 43%, and bottled.

“We are proud to introduce our Luxardo London Dry Gin to the United States market, as it carries almost as much history as our Maraschino Liqueur, which inspired my family to found our first distillery in 1821,” says Matteo Luxardo, export director and sixth generation of the Luxardo family. “The recipe and tradition behind Luxardo London Dry Gin survived World War II, carried from Zara to our current distillery in Italy, and finally gives drinkers the ability to build Italian classics like the Negroni and Cardinale with Italian gin, as well as modern cocktails that also require our premium liqueurs.”

Luxardo London Dry Gin (86 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Loads of juniper out of the gate, followed by more diffuse elements of coriander, cardamom and licorice. Very little citrus is apparent, but a very concentrated sachet of herbs and spices.
Taste: Crisp and with a lot of biting juniper flavor. Intense, dry and quite bracing. The flavors are well blended and begin to open up after a minute, lending softer notes that fill in the lower end of the flavor spectrum.
Finish: Medium long with a tailing finish the end on a dry note.
Overall: A very well distilled and blended London Dry style, which will not disappoint gin fans looking for tradition. We recommend this in any gin forward cocktail or punch.
GSN Rating: A

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GSN Spirited News: May 5th 2020 Edition

Louisville, Kentucky-based Michter’s has announced the 2020 release of its annual 10-year-old Bourbon. The whiskey will be available in limited quantities beginning in May for a suggested price of $130 a 750-ml. The highly allocated whiskey joins Michter’s Bourbon, Rye, Sour Mash, and American whiskey, plus limited releases, in the brand’s portfolio.

Chicago-based Ritual, the company behind a range of zero-alcohol gin and whiskey alternatives, has entered a new category with alcohol-free Tequila. The spirits alternative is designed with Margaritas in mind and blends botanicals to create a drink that brings smoke, agave, peppers, lime, and guava flavors. Ritual’s spirits alternatives are available via Amazon and Ritual’s website for $25 a bottle.

DeKuyper Cordials and Liqueurs is launching DeKuyper Classic Ol’ FashionThe 30 proof liqueur is intended to streamline the process of mixing an Old Fashioned into two steps by containing a range of flavors including citrus, bitterness, and bakery spices—the only additional ingredient required to complete the flavor profile is Bourbon. Available now nationwide for a suggested retail price of $13 a 750-ml., it’s also available online through Drizly and Reserve Bar.

Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey has launched in the U.S. The 40% abv label contains a blend of 46% malt and 54% grain whiskies, all sourced from Great Northern Distillery in County Louth, Ireland. Grace O’Malley was elaborated by master blender Paul Caris, who blended whiskies aged from three to 10 years and matured the final blend in a range of barrels including ex-Bourbon, ex-rum, and French oak. The brand, named for the 16th century Irish pirate and family matriarch, is handled by MHW in the U.S. market.

375 Park Avenue Spirits will add Glen Moray Scotch whisky to its import portfolio, effective June 1. The move will bring all four of Glen Moray’s collections—Elgin Classic, Elgin Heritage, Elgin Reserve, and Elgin Prestige—under 375 Park’s purview, joining Cutty Sark, which is owned by Glen Moray parent company La Martiniquaise-Bardinet.

Luxardo, part of the Hotaling & Co. portfolio, is extending its range with a London Dry Gin. A 43% abv blend of nine botanicals, the juniper-forward gin retails at $35 and will be rolling out nationwide this summer. Based in Torreglia, located in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, Luxardo is known for its Maraschino liqueur, among other offerings.

Baltimore, Maryland-based Sagamore Spirit and Chico, California’s Sierra Nevada have teamed up to create Sagamore Spirit Brewer’s Select Rye Ale Barrel Finish. The new whiskey is a blend of 4- and 6-year-old rye whiskies finished in barrels used to mature Sierra Nevada Red Ale. The 45% abv whiskey is the second part in the companies’ collaboration, following Sierra Nevada’s barrel-aged red ale—made using Sagamore Spirit barrels—launched last year. The whiskey is rolling out now across the U.S. for a suggested price of $70 for a 750-ml.

San Francisco, California-based Hotaling & Co. has reintroduced Hirsch Bourbon, unveiling the first in what the company promises will be a series of new whiskies. The 46% abv Bourbon, named The Horizon, is blended from two whiskies distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; 94% of the blend is a 5-year-old corn-heavy whiskey and the remainder is a high-rye Bourbon aged for 6 years. Hirsch The Horizon will be available this summer in California, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, New York, Kentucky, and Georgia for a suggested price of $40 a 750-ml.

Infinium Spirits-owned Templeton Rye has announced the 2020 release of the brand’s cask strength whiskey. This year’s rye comes in at 56.55% abv and is made from MGP’s 95% rye, 5% malted barley mash bill. Templeton Rye Barrel Strength Straight whiskey is now available across the U.S. in limited quantities at $60 a 750-ml.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily