Gin - Genevere

Few American Gin

From: Illinois, United States Liquor Review Category: Genevere Gin

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Tier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Gin category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
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Few American gin is an interesting spirit in blending the past with the present. It is traditional in the sense of a dose of juniper but uses some modern styling with citrus and pepper. Where most gin on the market is a flavored vodka where the base spirits is a “grain neutral spirit” (read: unblended vodka), Few uses a whiskey spirit base, which is a nod to the original Dutch Genever malted grain base. One of the additions that make it a modern-styled gin is the addition of Cascade hops, which reputedly (Chicago Sun Times) are grown in Hletko’s own garden and a nod to his beer brewing past. The botanicals themselves include juniper, citrus, Tahitian vanilla, cassia, grains-of-paradise, and home-grown hops.They suggest that it's "mindblowing" in a Gin Fizz cocktail. 

We've opted to list this as a genever more in keeping with its style.

The 2012 Beverage Testing Institute suppoted our listing by calling it a "genever-like gin." 

Few Spirits, founded by Paul Hletko, is an homage to the "timeless liquors of the past." It is based in Evanston, Illinois where they claim as the very birthplace of the (late and unlamented) temperance movement... an article from the Chicago Reader cites dry rulings going all the way back to 1855. In fact, the FEW name is actually the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, who was the national president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement and figured largely in Prohibition (as well as the more laudable Women’s Suffrage). Thus, the name is a bit of an ironic joke. Should founder Paul Hletko and Frances Willard meet in heaven… well, that will be an interesting conversation. The spirits are batch distilled using American midwestern grain. Few Spirits says that when the first drop of liquor was made at their distillery it was the first legal drop of alcohol made in Evanston, IL.

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This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2012-09-08)
I wanted to like this gin... I love the story, I love craft-distilling, and I love the bottle with the Ferris wheel. But the gin itself tastes too much like corn whiskey or moonshine to my mind. It didn't have that crisp, gin flavor that I like in gin cocktails. At the price, I can't recommend it.
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