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Let's Hear It for Blue Coat Gin!

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I've been trying out different gins for martinis recently, moving away from Bombay Sapphire to Boodles, Plymouth and Hendrick's. I just picked up a bottle of Blue Coat and have to say this is magnificent stuff.

First, the aroma is delightful. You pick up citrus, even orange blossom scents, perhaps a whiff of rose hips, and plenty of spice. The first taste hits you with this same profile but without being fruity or vegetal like say, Hendrick's, which has that in spades. It is a much "hotter" gin than Bombay Sapphire, in a good way.

The end is pleasantly warm, spicy, but still manages to be smooth. The balance of this gin is superb.

It's so good you'll be tempted to drink it straight. Try that at first, but don't miss the greatest reward of this gin, which is a straight forward martini with a twist.

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  1. EarlyBird, I commend your taste in gin. Bluecoat is indeed outstanding, it seems to have a distinctive citrus profile (even more than Beefeater 24, which citrus is balanced with teas) and makes for an outstanding mixing gin with citrusy cocktails.
    I've noticed your predilection for martinis, and have yet to try Bluecoat in one, but the one area I'd be careful about there is with the vermouth. Good ole' Noilly Prat, which works so well with regular Beefeater or Plymouth, doesn't seem to work as well with more citrus-forward gins, at least to me. My Beef 24 martini is made with Lillet blanc, and I like my martinis "wet" with a twist, and it is outstanding. I'd suggest the same for Bluecoat, if not Lillet blanc perhaps Dolin blanc or Cocci americano.

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    1. re: marais

      That's a very good point about the vermouth. I use only Noilly Pratt, but only because a bottle lasts nearly forever, what with the small amounts I use in a martini.

      I also prefer my martinis a "bit wetter" rather than "bone dry." I will have to check into these different vermouths as you suggest. Also, I have yet to try the Beefeater 24. That's going on my list.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      1. re: EarlyBird

        Yes, please do try the Beef 24. I quite enjoyed mixing with it last summer, though I've not found it so readily available in Boston this summer for some reason.

        Likewise the Beef Summer, not easily found, and one I'd skip anyway due to too much berry in the taste profile for me. Another berry-forward gin, Nolet was recently featured by Kenji in Serious Drinks but it doesn't seem all that good to me: if I want berry notes (besides juniper) in my gin I'd just add fresh berries (which I have, such as raspberries & blueberries).

        Speaking of gin (with pleasure, by the way) I discovered the overproof Old Raj gin recently, tinged with saffron and with a fine complex profile. If I had decently and freshly made cocktail onions I'd try a gibson with Old Raj and fresh Noilly Prat - it would be marvelous, I'm sure. However, due to this beastly heat wave my Old Raj tonight is going into a highball with San Pellegrino limonata and a dash of celery bitters: utterly refreshing.

        1. re: marais

          "Speaking of gin (with pleasure, by the way) I discovered the overproof Old Raj gin recently, tinged with saffron and with a fine complex profile. If I had decently and freshly made cocktail onions I'd try a gibson with Old Raj and fresh Noilly Prat - it would be marvelous, I'm sure. However, due to this beastly heat wave my Old Raj tonight is going into a highball with San Pellegrino limonata and a dash of celery bitters: utterly refreshing."

          Whole worlds are opening to me, Marais! Thanks for the tips. Luckily there are a few enormous liquor/wine stores in LA that I can find pretty much anything at. I'll definitely have to check out the Beefeater 24 and that Old Raj. Sounds wonderful.

    2. I agree; Bluecoat is surprisingly terrific.

      1. As made in Phila, l use it for presents when l visit around the country. Is it available almost everywhere ? Would save me carrying it.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Available somewhat sparely in Boston.

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          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            It's carried in the state-run liquor stores in VA. For now.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I bought mine at BevMo! which I believe is a national chain.