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Halcyon Organic Distilled Gin

From: Washington, United States Liquor Review Category: Modern Gin

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Tier 3
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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2014

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Halcyon Organic Distilled gin is named for the "halcyon days" between storms on the often violent Pacific Northwest coastlines near the distillery's home port of Everett, Washington. The gin is made from a 100% organic wheat distillate in small batches in pot stills. They declare it a "modern expression of the classic London dry," suggesting a softening of the juniper flavors in favor of citrus and floral elements. Their botanicals include juniper, orange, lemon, coriander, angelica, orris, licorice, and cassia... all of which signal to us a very traditional, classic flavor profile. Bottle at 92 proof, this signals a spirit robust enough to withstand dilution in vigorously shaken (the only correct way to do it) Martinis and similar cocktails.

In our own tasting of Halcyon Gin, we found it highly versatile but it's highest and best use was in an Aviation Cocktail (violet liqueur, lemon juice, and a dash of maraschino liqueur with gin).

Bluewater Organic Distilling was founded by John and Jessica Lundin in Everett, Washington and whose stated intent is to blend craftsmanship and business ethics for a singularly strong and high quality brand name. The "bluewater" name is an homage to their love of glaciers, rivers, and ocean voyages. They work with traditional, hand-hammered copper pot stills heated by direct fire (cross-reference with more industrial-grade continuous column stills heated by more modern means). They're also committed to 100% organic ingredients (certified by the USDA) and bottle with American-made glass (most of the world's glass is produced in China). Finally, they're proud members of the 1% for the Planet club, showing their commitment to the "business ethics" portion of the mission statement.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2015-05-25)
Halcyon Gin ends up being a perfectly named gin. It is a soft, peaceful, and quiet gin filled with romantic citrus... it begs for contemplation in interludes. Halcyon times indeed! It's craftsmanship is beyond question and we find it holds up brilliantly in a variety of cocktails. This is a gin that can be purchased with all confidence for virtually any purpose from Martinis to fruit forward cocktails.
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