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IN ST GEORGE WE TRUST
Let me just get this out in the open: I like gin. Like, really like gin. I come from a long line of Tanqueray drinkers. I love gin so much I named my Dungeons & Dragons character “Juniper.” I’ve endured so many jokes about drinking pine trees that I can roast myself better than you can, and frankly, someone has to go for the unloved, underappreciated member of the spirits family.
Primarily I drink gin-and-tonics, especially during the muggy hot Indiana summers, but on occasion I run into a gin that stands fine alone, without the aid of a mixer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that in St George Terroir Gin.
Their website boasts that this drink will take you to green beauty of the forest, and with the lush woodsy notes and juniper blooms, it’s not a stretch of the imagination.
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St. George Terroir Gin
TASTE: Well, it’s a gin. The juniper shines, but it steps back to let the other notes come through. Mellow fennel and other green notes left a mild astringent feeling in the mouth, but it’s not overwhelmingly pine-y. Has an incredible after-feel in the mouth.
FINISH: A slow start for the burn, but definitely picked up after the swallow, and followed through to the end. St. George was even polite enough to leave a lingering burn afterwards.
NEAT/SPLASH/ROCKS: Initially I tried this neat, which left a really pleasant mouth feel, although a little more astringent than I’m used to in my gins. I usually go for gin and tonics, but this is one I would absolutely continue drinking neat.
SHARE WITH: If you happen to have a friend who likes or appreciates gin, I don’t see why you wouldn’t share (don’t be selfish, dude). Also share with outdoorsy friends, or those who like to be around trees.
WORTH THE PRICE: I tried this in a St George Gin Gift Pack, which came with three 200mL of their Botanivore Gin, Terroir Gin, and Dry Rye Gin. At $30 for all three, it’s not a bad deal, and gives the opportunity to try a variety (before committing to a 750mL at $35).
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: If you’re like me, and you like gin, it’s worth treating yourself to good stuff. While this isn’t my favorite brand or anything, I don’t regret this purchase, and I don’t regret putting this in my mouth (that’s what Malort is for). At the full retail price ($35 for 750mL), it’s a purchase that you wouldn’t be afraid to make again.