Brockmans gin is the product of four men named Kevan, David, Bob and Neil who wanted to create a gin that would change the perception of modern gin.
Created in England, it is made using 10 botanicals including Bulgarian coriander, blueberries and blackberries as well as Valencia orange peels, in addition to your usual cast of characters such as juniper, orris root, cassia bark, and angelica root.
Brockmans gin is a severe departure from the London Dry style of gin. In fact it has almost nothing in common flavor wise with its more established ancestor.
On the nose there is a faint trace of juniper which is quickly overwhelmed by the scent of summer fruits and ripening citrus.
On the palate there is an initial sweet and spicy orange like flavor followed quickly by the succulent taste of blackberries and blueberries. This is rounded out and balanced by a touch of bittersweet orange on the back end. It goes down smooth and easy.
As regards changing the perception of Modern gin, I am not quite sure that it is as revolutionary as it makers would have hoped. There have been other modern gins in recent memory such as Nolets and Hendricks who have departed from your typical gin botanicals to turn the gin world on its head.
Nevertheless it is a unique spirit. Those who like the strong and classic juniper bite will hesitate to even refer to this as gin. For those who are looking for a sweeter profile and aroma this will work nicely. If you already have a strong gin collection and are looking for another New Age style to add to your collection then this will fit right in.
For a cocktail the first thing that popped into my head was a bramble cocktail as the fruit flavors would pare well with this gin and its one of the most under appreciated summer drinks.
The Black Bramble
2 oz Brockmans Gin
1/2 oz Creme Yvette
1/2 oz fresh Lime Juice
1/4 Simple Syrup
Add blackberries to a mixing glass with the lime juice and simple syrup and lightly muddle. Pour in the gin and the Creme Yvette, shake with ice, and pour into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and blackberries.
Retails for $34.99
Review sample provided by representatives of Brockmans Gin