Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Tuesday Tasting: Bluecoat American Dry Gin
Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we head to the City of Brotherly Love for some gin.
Andrew Auwerda, president of Philadelphia Distilling in Philadelphia, Pa., say his company decided to make a gin as their first product rather than a vodka because "gin is all about adding flavor and with vodka you are stripping away flavors." Robert Cassell is Philadelphia's master distiller. Cassell’s comes from the craft brewing industry, having worked at both Victory Brewing and Harpoon Brewing. The company shipped its first cases of Bluecoat American Dry Gin in May of 2006. In a relatively short period of time they have managed to master this "adding flavor" concept.
Bluecoat American Dry Gin comes is a bright blue bottle with gold lettering that will standout on any back bar. This 94-proof gin has plenty of aromatic botanicals. The aromas of this gin pour from your glass like a perfume factory. There are a ton of good flavors that finish with a bright orange peel note. This is a fresh and robust gin that just might make some of the gins you are used to drinking taste a bit subdued.
Philadelphia Distilling uses 100 percent certified organic botanicals in making Bluecoat, named for the color of the uniforms of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War. Pennsylvania supplied the new national army with spirits and was the first distilling center in the U.S. It will be interesting to watch the development of this young brand.