**Rated 94 POINTS, “EXCEPTIONAL” by the Beverage Tasting Institute, August 2012. Their tasting notes: “Pale golden amber color. Complex spicy aromas and flavors of violet and clove candies, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks with a layer of vanilla-banana custard pastry and floral juniper blossoms. Supple and dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a long, interplay of peppery spices, candied citrus peels, caramel, herbs, floral talc, and grassy earth. An impressive, impressionistic tone poem of floral herbal gin and spicy oak barrel notes.”
**SILVER MEDAL, 2012 Denver International Spirits Festival, Gin $25-$35
Gin is usually clear because it's unaged, so a darker gin indicates something special. Aged in oak casks for at least 10 months, scotch and whiskey flavors are introduced to the spirit (some fans even refer to it as "ginskey").