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Bluecoat American Dry Gin

Bluecoat American
Dry Gin


By Robert Plotkin

Handcrafted by Philadelphia Distilling, organic Bluecoat American Dry Gin is a delectably fresh spirit guaranteed to seduce every sense in your body. It's a revolutionary departure in style from the venerable British brands that may well change how you think of gin from here on out.

Bluecoat is created in a small copper pot still designed specifically to produce ultra-pure small batch spirits. It's singular size and shape allows the master distiller to control the process with surgical precision. The gin is distilled in small batches on a foundation of neutral grain spirits made from rye, wheat, barley and corn. The proprietary recipe of botanicals and aromatics includes juniper berries, sweet orange peels, lemon and lime zest and other fresh citrus. It is bottled at 94-proof.

Bluecoat is indeed a distinctive American dry gin. The spirit is generously aromatic and features a brilliant citrus and herbal nose with earthy juniper notes that follow closely behind. It has a silky lightweight body that immediately fills the mouth with a complex array of dry citrus and juniper-laced flavors. The award-winning gin finishes long and citrusy. The combined effect is mesmerizing.

Penn 1681 Rye Vodka is an artisanal vodka made entirely from locally grown organic rye in an innovative, four-column continuous still. Philadelphia Distilling is the country's only craft distiller that employs a continuous still for making vodka. The result is an elegant spirit with a light textured body, a spicy nose and a lingering, slightly tangy finish. This 80-proof gem deserves to be sampled neat, although it’s marvelous when served as the base of a cocktail.

The distillery has also released Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure, a 120-proof tribute to the unique and colorful history of absinthe in New Orleans. Its flavor and color are derived exclusively from 100% natural herbs, a blend that includes Grande and Petite Wormwood, green and star anise, fennel doux provence and spearmint. The 120-proof Vieux Carré is the first absinthe legally produced on the east coast of the United States in nearly a century.