Bluecoat is an American contemporary gin that uses 100% organic botanicals.
Price: ~ £32
Citrus blend (sweet citrus and lemon peel)
The name and inspiration for the gin is a reference to the ‘Bluecoat soldiers’ who took up arms against the British in a bid for freedom from the tyranny of the crown. The rest as they say, is history.
I bought this gin on a whim (which to be fair is how I buy the vast majority of my gins!) as I spotted it on sale in the local supermarket and thought I would treat myself! I’d never heard of it before, and to be honest it’s not one I’ve ever seen in any bars in the UK (though I must add a dislaimer here that, I rarely go to bars these days!) so I thought I would give it a try.
As you can see from the image, the bottle is a lovely blue, with gold labelling and a coat of arms beneath the name. Across the front the same coat of arms, cut off and mirrored, is etched in a lighter shade of blue. On the back, again in gold, is a blurb about the inspiration for the gin, and the usual information. The etching is nice but not all that clear until you get close up, which is a shame. I also think it’s a little odd that they cut the heads off the horses in order to mirror the design, so it becomes a little too busy in my opinion. It’s nice, it’s eye catching, but I think it could be better.
Despite the ABV, the nose is a rich and creamy pine that’s very inviting. There’s that buttermint aroma I love, and beneath it a very warm citrus smell. It’s clean and smooth, just begging to be tasted.
Neat I get a big hit of woody pine and warming molasses, with an orange edge to it. There’s coriander too, but it’s in the background doing its thing. There’s something going on here that I find really hard to describe, but it is good. It’s earthy but sweet, warm but clean. The citrus is really soothing, not tart. It’s no wonder they refer to it as a ‘proprietary citrus blend’ rather than naming exactly what they use, because whatever it is, they’re on to a winner.
Adding a little water opens things out beautifully without (as I often find) bringing out more sour and bitter notes. There’s plenty of pine still, but much more coriander now so the rich sweetness makes way for some greener, more musky notes. The citrus is still strong but never overpowering, it’s the glue that holds everything together.
Finally, I was going to have it in a Martini, but to my dismay I found that the bottle of vermouth I’d been saving was dry, and I’m not a dry martini kinda guy… so I went for a G&T, and I can tell you that Bluecoat makes a darn good one! The flavours work well together and that citrus blend keeps working its magic! It retains the warm citrus, and even the juniper, whilst adding that bite from the quinine. Delicious.
This gin genuinely gets better every time I have it. It’s strong but not overpowering in any way and those citrus flavours are like a blanket you don’t even know you have wrapping you up and keeping you warm. It’s got plenty of flavour, but somehow retains a level of subtlety that’s impressive for it’s strength. It’s clean and crisp whilst maintaining a mellow warmth. If you’re a fan of sweet citrus flavours I think you’ll really like it.
Bluecoat is available online and in some shops
All reviews are of the author’s personal collection, bought and paid for by the author, unless otherwise stated.