That’s right: Nikka Coffey Gin is back for the second half of summer! Sold out in the state for the past half year, it has made a comeback for your taste buds while the weather is still beautiful. Japan and more specifically Nikka is much better known for their lineup of whiskies, they hit the scene with a new gin and vodka last fall as part of their Coffey lineup. Coffey, you ask? It definitely has nothing to do with the bitter coffee we drink in the mornings, but has everything to do with continuous still they use which was patented by a man named Aeneas Coffey in the 1830s. They make award winning grain and malt whiskies on these stills along with gin and vodka that all seem to have a similar structure: a robust nose, an oily palate, and an evaporating finish that lingers and fills your mouth with all of the secondary flavors. Nikka Coffey Gin is filled with very unique and clearly Japanese botanicals of Yuzu up front, Sansho Pepper on the finish, with a citrusy mélange of Amanatsu, an orange hybrid and Kabosu, a citrus fruit akin to a lemon or a lime. This is a silky citrusy gin best for a gin and tonic, martini with a twist, or a vesper. Get it while you can, limited supplies for now!
Leopold Brothers is a craft distillery that has been around for quite a while but just started to dip its toes here in Minnesota. This is the first time we have been able to get their Summer Gin, with only six cases coming to market! Clockin in at 94 proof, Leopold’s Summer Gin has your classic juniper and coriander with a heavy dose of blood orange and lemon myrtle making it quite the delicious summer gin. Only small amounts available, come try it this weekend!
A new and unique French gin, Gabriel Boudier boasts a prominent yet subtle saffron flavor along with orange and lemon peel, juniper, coriander, angelica, iris, and fennel, with a beautiful golden orange color. Best used with soda or tonic on ice or in a dry martini to enjoy its colorful hue!