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Different Types of Gin

Gin is a liquor used in mixed drinks all over the globe, but it is highly underappreciated by consumers who take it for granted. The average consumer never begins to think about the gin that comes into their martini or other cocktails, so they never realize if they are getting the best drink possible.

Gin’s origin date back to the 16th century and Holland is considered as the birthplace of gin. The different types of gin that have emerged since then are as different as the eras they are produced in. Each variant of this overlooked liquor has its distinctive flavour, aroma, and body that impact what it should be combined with and how customers should consume it.

So here are the different types of gins that can be found around the globe:

Old Tom

Old Tom was originally a sweetened style of gin, characterized by sugar in the re-distillation process making it sweeter than a London Dry. It was first created in England in the 18th century. Old Tom Gin is often referred to as the missing link between Dutch style Genever and London Gin. It is an excellent gin for whiskey drinkers who crave heavier undertones in their liquors. Old Tom almost completely disappeared from the market over the years, but the recent cocktail renaissance has led to its revival, as independent producers have delved into the history of gin and rediscovered its long-lost recipes.

London Dry

London Dry is the most familiar and most widely available style which an average person thinks of as gin, this type of gin is usually very dry with a pungent aroma and juniper flavour. London Dry Gin is defined by its juniper flavour which it gets from neutral spirits (grain alcohol) re-distilled with botanicals. As the name suggests London dry does not have to be made in London only. London Dry contains only natural ingredients and only a very small amount of sugar, no additional flavours or colours may be added after the distillation process. To give it a bright, citrus flavour, some London Dry gins steep fresh citrus peels or dried peels before distillation.

Plymouth

Plymouth was very popular in the first part of the 20th century when a lot of gins were coming onto the market. It’s less dry than London Dry and more citrus, and you might get a spicier finish from their blend of seven botanicals: juniper, coriander seed, dried sweet orange peels, cardamom, Angelica root, and Orris root. Presence of these roots offers an earthy flavour and softer juniper tones that customers won’t find in any other type of gin. Anything that has a slightly bitter taste, Plymouth gin work well with it. Plymouth is unique for it is only produced in only one distillery in the world in Plymouth, England. It’s one of the oldest recorded distilleries in the U.K. Plymouth was first distilled in 1793 and is now a common part of any bar. Good for almost any drink in which you might use a London dry gin.

Genever or Dutch Gin

Sometimes also referred to as Holland Gin, is the original style of gin, created in Holland dating back to 16th-century. Malt-spirit base is used, similar to whiskey, giving it a more robust flavour. It’s also flavoured with juniper and botanicals, but the difference between the dry gins and Genever is that juniper is not the predominant flavour. Dutch gin is usually good for sipping straight or chilled rather than mixed into martinis. If Old Tom is considered rich in taste, Genever is even richer.

New American or International Style Gin

New American or International Style Gin is a name given to types of gin that have appeared recently. They use the same base process for distilling but use flavours other than the juniper berries and can be made anywhere in the world. Instead, they focus on more botanical flavours and fragrances including citrus peels, coriander and even rose, cucumber and lavender, that are being used by mixologists to invent all new cocktails. Because of its wide variety of aromas and flavours, it appeals to drinkers who previously avoided the gin category because of juniper’s piney notes. It has been a popular option for modern craft cocktails and helped support the spirit’s recent revival. These new gins, drawing on an expanded palette of botanicals, are as subtle and intriguing.

These are the five recognized gin but always keep in mind that a gin’s taste will change depending on the brand. Every distillery has its unique mix of botanical ingredients that can create a sweeter, earthier, or drier style of gin no matter the type. This list is good for deciding on the type of gin that you would like. Try out different brands to learn what you like best.

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What Exactly Is Rye Whiskey?

Traditionally, whiskeys distilled from Rye grain are regarded as Rye Whiskey.

Rye whiskey is one of the feisty, original and most popular styles of American spirits. American Rye whiskey must be distilled from at least 51 percent Rye amongst other grains. Presence of Rye brings in all new layers of texture and flavour to your whiskey.

While in Canada, whisky is often referred to as Rye whisky for some historical reasons, although it may or may not actually contain any Rye grain.

DID YOU KNOW?

Whisky from Scotland, Canada and Japan is written without an “e” and whiskey from Ireland and the United States is generally written with an “e.”

The past, present and future of Rye Whiskey

Historically, Rye whiskey was the prevalent whiskey but it disappeared after prohibition in the United States. It wasn’t until the Rye whiskey revival in the early 2000s that the thirst for Rye whiskey and Rye whiskey based cocktails accelerated.

Tex Ritter even wrote a folk song “Rye Whiskey” after the prohibition to express the state of Rye drinkers, which goes like:

Her parents don’t like me they say I’m too poor

They say I’m unworthy to enter her door

It is a whiskey Rye whiskey Rye whiskey I cry

If I do not get Rye whiskey, well I think I will die

After decades of near-nonexistence, Rye is now officially making a comeback and whisky connoisseurs around the country couldn’t be happier as Rye whiskey is often their preferred drink.

In an age where strong flavours are back in style, Rye is enjoying a new golden era. Rye whiskey is much spicier than their bourbon or wheat or corn counterparts.

Rye whiskey is the whiskey that feels like next level booze. There is a lot more going on in Rye whiskey than your average drink and that can be little intimidating for the novice whiskey drinker.

Here are some of the parameters an American whiskey-maker must follow in order to label the whiskey bottle as Rye:

  • Must use at least 51 percent Rye as the base grain
  • New, charred oak barrels must be used for aging
  • Whiskey must be distilled to no more than 160 Proof (80 percent ABV)
  • Whiskey must be put into the barrel at no higher than 125 proof (62.5 percent ABV)
  • Whiskey must be bottled at a minimum of 80 Proof (40 percent ABV)
  • To call it “Straight” Rye it must be aged at least for two years. The bottle should carry an age statement, if it is aged less than four years. For a bottle labelled “straight Rye” and having no age statement, it must be at least four years old. And also make sure it’s not blended with any other spirits during the process.

Once all the above parameters are met you have your American Rye Whiskey.

Rye is known for its peppery bite, a spicy splash of flavour, wonderful high notes and at the same time deeper, bolder, taste that washes over the palate with every sip.

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What Are Tiki Cocktails?

The word ‘Tiki’ is derived from Māori mythology. As per the mythology, Tiki was the first man created by either Tūmatauenga (The god of war, hunting, food cultivation, fishing, and cooking) or Tāne (The god of forests and birds).

There is no precise definition of a Tiki cocktail. However, there are few features found in almost every Tiki cocktail, which sets it apart from other cocktails.

Rum –

Most tiki drinks at least have one type of rum in it, although many mix up to three distinct styles of the sweet liquor. 

Lots of tropical fruits –

Like true tropical fashion, Tiki drinks include fruit juices and many tiki cocktail recipes include more than one fruit. So, when it’s time for Tiki drink, make sure to have a decent stock of fruits like Orange, Passion fruit, pineapple, Guava, and Coconut. The fruit dominates the flavour and hides the heavy taste of Liquor. This is ideal for people who prefer less alcohol flavour, and yet it also makes them mildly more hazardous because they end up feeling so great that they almost forget how powerful these drinks are.

Layers of flavours –

These first two features are the sign that these cocktails are anything but plain or boring. The Tiki cocktails will often have four or more components that add a pleasing depth to the flavour of the drink. Tiki drinks are among the most exciting and delightful flavour experiences you will have.

Spices –

Although spices are not a requirement, you will find that many Tiki drinks have an ingredient that adds a touch of spice. Pimento dram, spiced rum and spices like nutmeg can be found in several Tiki cocktail recipes.

Variations in a recipe –

One of the many theories is that the ingredients in the Tiki cocktails were kept secret for so long, that bartenders began interpreting what may be in them. For this reason, Tiki cocktails have multiple variations. Almost every drink has had ingredients added, subtracted, and substituted multiple times over the years. Some barely resemble what we accept as the original recipe.

The Presentation –

We often believe that Tiki drinks will be served in quirky mugs with extravagant garnishing, but to your surprise, the two classic tiki drinks, the Mai Tai and the Zombie, are served in regular glasses. However, Tiki mugs have become vital; people expect them and love them. Tiki presentations are a little lavish. You might find Chinese lanterns, paper peacocks, and fog or fire flowing out of your drink.

The Tiki cocktails require a lot more effort than your standard gin and tonic, but the layered, complexly flavoured; highly boozy drinks are worth a little extra hard work.

Here are the top 5 Tiki cocktails – 

Mai Tai –

Mai Tai is one of the most famous Tiki cocktails. It is created by Victor Bergeron, one of the founders of the tiki bar scene. In Tahitian, Mai Tai means good. A proper Mai Tai is a profound amber colour that enables the rum to shine through with the other ingredients. The Mai Tai has taken on a much more fruitful flavour over the years.

Zombie –

Legend has it that Donn Beach created this potent drink in the 1930s and named it for its impact on a friend who consumed three of them.

Painkiller –

You’re looking at something similar to a Pina Colada with a twist. Add a touch of spice, the painkiller cocktail is a fun and fruity mix, made of pineapple, orange, coconut, and bold rum.

Singapore Sling –

This cocktail wasn’t created in the tiki world. It was invented and reinvented time and again. The original recipe is attributed to a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon, who said to have mixed the first Sling around 1915 at the Long Bar inside Singapore’s Raffles Hotel.

Rum Runner –

Rum Runner was invented at a popular bar in Florida in the 1950s. Rum Runner is another example of a fabulous drink with many recipes. Generally, a Rum Runner should have rum, banana liqueur, and blackberry liqueur, and grenadine.

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