Newer gins seem to be taking a divergent path from the juniper-dominated London Dry style. It’s almost an “anything goes” attitude, responsible for turning out some interesting, feminine, floral gins like G’Vine, Hendrick’s, and now Martin Miller’s Gin. The first thing you notice about the latter is its fresh citrus notes (bitter orange peel, lemon, lime). On the palate, there’s some boozy heat and spiciness from the cinnamon and coriander, with a great, long finish of lemon, lime, and licorice.
Martin Miller’s Gin has clean, clear flavors instead of the busy muddle of some gins. It is artisanally produced in a big copper pot still (lovingly called Angela), and features 10 flavoring ingredients: juniper, coriander, angelica, licorice root, cassia bark, Florentine iris, bitter orange peel, lemon peel, lime peel, cucumber.
Rating: This is a gin even non-gin fans can appreciate. It has attractive flavors, and is a great cocktail mixer. At around $35 for a 750 ml bottle, it’s right in line with other premium gin competitors. I rate it a buy.
I recommend using it for a refreshing Gin & Tonic (fill a Collins glass with ice, add 2 oz gin, fill with tonic water. Garnish with lime. I like it with a dash of Angostura bitters too), or Gin Rickey (fill a Collins glass with ice, squeeze in 1/2 lime and drop in rind, add 2 oz gin, top with soda water. I also like a dash or two of Angostura here–what can I say, I’m a devotee of the stuff). Enjoy!