Upon first reading the press release I was extremely skeptical about the product. The question remained: would it be a great innovative product or a spectacular failure?
This innovative product is the brain-child of Ryan Chetiyawardana of the Whistling Shop.
Cream gin is an older style of gin popular in the Gin Palaces of the Victorian Era. Along with Old Tom Gin it was rather common during that age. The exact process of how the gin was made is unclear. It is believed that cream and sugar were added to gin and placed in a barrel to age in a barrel in order to soften gins rough edges.
Fast forward to modern times and this modern take is made by adding fresh cream to a citrus forward gin before being cold distilled. This is supposed to prevent “off” or “burnt” flavors from being imparted to the end product.
It was with some trepidation that I opened the sample and poured it into a glass at room temperature. Immediately I was hit with a wave of juniper. There is no doubt that this is gin. The juniper is not hiding or suppressed by the other botanical’s present. As it opens up there are rich aromas of vanilla followed by subtle hints of citrus.
On the palate there are notes of juniper, coriander, and spice possibly black pepper, orange peel with a touch of fresh lemon zest. Initially the creamy characteristic is not as strong as I was hoping. It builds to coat your tongue without overpowering you and finishes smooth and silky.
Sadly I can’t comment on its mixability as I was only sent a small sample that only allowed me to taste it neat. However I will offer 2 drinks. The first drink I think that would complement this gins character well is a Ramos Gin Fizz, one of my personal favorite drinks. The next drink is one of the signature serves from the Whistling Shop, a simple gin and coke.
Cream Gin can be purchased from Master of Malt.
Review sample provided by Master of Malt.