Brooklyn Gin Reviewed by Honest Sorcha
The journey of Brooklyn Gin began in 2010 when the brains behind the operation, founders Emil Jattone and Joe Santos set out to fulfil their dream of developing a small batch, hand-made American gin. They truly live up to their classification as a small batch brand, using only one copper still which allows them to produce 300 bottles per batch. At the beginning of their journey due to limited resources, the founders teamed up with a partner outside of New York City in the Hudson Valley, the gin is crafted and bottled in Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery in Warwick. From these humble beginnings Brooklyn Gin has went from strength to strength and is now an established powerhouse in the gin world, recently winning a number of awards these include a double gold medal (San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2016), a double gold medal (New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2015), a gold medal (San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015) to name but a few.
It differentiates from other gins due to the infusion process, Brooklyn opts to use only fresh peels from a variety of citrus fruits, compared to dried peels/oils which are used in other brands. This unique liquid is stored inside an eye-catching bottle, its design is luxurious yet oozes quirky industrial vibes with slightly frosted glasswork and around solo brass crest simply dawning Brooklyn Gin, the brass work adds an overall element of artisanship and is very enticing. What’s more alluring is what this luxurious bottle holds inside, once the heavy brass cork is prized off you are immediately greeted with an unmistakable citrus aroma, using hand-cracked juniper berries giving the gin a strong juniper structure but the citrus tones balance this out to make an extremely smooth and refreshing gin.
My verdict is that it is very refreshing and balanced gin, not only is it tasty served straight up with ice, it serves well with a wedge of lime, lots of ice and a simple tonic. I also opted for an experiment using Brooklyn gin as the base for a French 75 cocktail. Overall Brooklyn Gin is very versatile and fresh.