Last weekend on my way home, I stopped into one of my favorite wine shops, The Greene Grape. Trader Joe’s two-buck Chuck is good but every now and then you want something with a bit more bite. After purchasing a Cabernet Sauvignon by Exlibris I was ready to leave when I decided to stop and check out a tasting they were having. What ensued thereafter was pure impulse.
I wasn’t immediately clear what was being offered but got the sense from others it was tasty. I decided to participate and the first thing that struck me was the spirits fragrance. Straight up spirits can be harsh, which is why I don’t drink many in this form. This one, however, smells sweet and was a welcomed difference for me. I must have smelled it for a good 3-5 minutes before I decided to taste it. It was very smooth with a nice after taste.
Believe it or not, to this point, I wasn’t aware it was a gin. After a few questions, I realized I was drinking Breuckelen Gin by Breuckelen Distilling Co. and its made in Brooklyn. Needless to say, once I found that out, I was sold.
I always talk about how for me; fragrance adds another dimension to my life and my purchase of Breuckelen Gin is proof of this belief. I’m not a gin aficionado; I drink it occasionally. But its fragrant appeal added to its experience and I’m glad I can appreciate that.
Distilled entirely in Brooklyn, its botanicals include Juniper, ginger, rosemary, grapefruit and lemon peel.
For a more in-depth look, check out Harry Sheff’s post on Cocktails & Cologne.