Friday, February 12, 2010

Tales from the top shelf: Rogue Spruce Gin

This one just showed up at Weiland's.  I'm excited.  I like Rogue's beer a lot and I'm looking forward to trying some of their spirits.

Web stuff:
Proof: 90
Tasting Notes: Rogue Spirits released the first ever Spruce Gin, made with 14 ingredients in October of 2006

14 Ingredients: Spruce, cucumber, angelica root, orange peel, coriander, lemon peel, ginger, orris root, grains of paradise, tangerine, juniper berries. Champagne Yeast, Grain Neutral Spirit & Free Range Coastal Water.

The real tasting notes:  It's definitely got some pine flavor to it.  But lets be honest.  All gins do since they are flavored with juniper which is also an evergreen.  This one's got a bit of a bite, but it's not a bad bite.  Very drinkable on the rocks.  I have an idea for a cocktail.  Be right back.

Here's what I came up with.
2 Parts Spruce gin
1 part cointreau
Squeeze the juice of a lime wedge and drop the wedge in the glass.
Swirl and drink.

Yummm.  Booze.

Cost: $36.50
Grade: A-
Cost Adjusted Grade: B+

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