Triple Eight Gale Force Gin
Gale Force is Triple Eight Distillery‚Äôs flagship gin. Although Triple Eight Distillery is a microdistillery in the United States, its founding predates many others in the distilling hotbed of New England. Founded in 1997 on Nantucket Island,¬†Massachusetts, it was the first microdistillery in the region. Though Triple Eight Distillery is probably best known in the region for its flagship self-titled vodka, Gale Force Gin is a worthy addition to their line. Gale Force Gin is a throwback of sorts. In a world where most gins register at 80 proof, Gale Force clocks in at 44.4%¬† and therefore packs slightly more punch than some of its peers.
NOSE: The nose is a gentle juniper with hints of coriander and other spices. It smells clean but somewhat refreshing.
PALATE: When sipped straight it fills your mouth with warmth immediately, but its not sharp. The burn is decidedly muted for an overproof ¬†gin. Though the scent and the warmth are clear juniper, the taste is refreshingly citrus. A little bit of lemon and orange expand to fill the mouth and round out the feel of the gin. Though juniper fades into the background here, it is a well balanced gin.
FINISH: The finish is peppery and smooth, reminding me a bit of the closing notes of Bombay Sapphire East.