It takes guts to bottle your spirit in a motor oil can. When Stillhouse places moonshine in a can, it makes some degree of sense. However a elaborate Italian gin? Like I mentioned, guts.
Cleverly named Engine — Engine, per the label — this can be a 100% natural gin made within the Langhe area of Italy that features botanicals from all around the nation. Distilled from natural wheat, Sicilian lemons, Tuscan juniper berries, Calabrian licorice root, Langhe salvia, Piedmont Damask rose, and numerous important oils, it’s proofed with water from the Italian Alps.
Engine is formally made in a London dry type, although in tasting it strikes decidedly on the milder facet of issues. The nostril is slightly floral, pushed largely by the rose, however in any other case elusive, the licorice within the combine ultimately turning into almost as evocative because the juniper at its core, with some dusky earth tones beneath. The palate sees a good milder character evolve, sweeter than I anticipated given the ingredient record, with the lemon within the combine creating a lightweight candy and bitter high quality. Gently grassy — Engine mentions sage in its tasting notes, which isn’t flawed — the gin sees some milder, nearly nutty earth tones develop late within the sport and a remaining trace of that licorice. For a 94 proof gin, the end is surprisingly clear and absent of chunk: This gin goes down like a a lot decrease proof spirit, for higher or for worse. And it doesn’t resemble motor oil in any respect.
At Engine’s suggestion, I attempted this in a Negroni and located it completely pleasant — although decidedly gentle on the juniper entrance.
B+ / $31 / engine.land [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
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