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Searching for the world's best drinks and what makes them extraordinary.

Searching for the world's best drinks and what makes them extraordinary. EZdrinking is a drinks blog by Eric Zandona that focuses on distilled spirits, wine, craft beer and specialty coffee. Here you can find reviews of drinks, drink books, articles about current & historical trends, as well as how to make liqueurs, bitters, and other spirit based drinks at home.

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Review: Uncle Val's Restorative Gin

Uncle Val's Restorative Gin is owned by 3 Badge Beverage Corporation (August Sebastiani) based in Sonoma, CA, Distilled by Bendistillery in Bend, OR and Bottled by Frank-Lin Distillers Products in Fairfield, CA at 45% ABV. 

Price: $39 MSRP

Uncle Val's Gin is named after August Sebastiani's zio (uncle in italian) Valerio. Apparently Valerio was a physician who loved cooking and gardening. In honor of his memory, August commissioned three gins that matched some of the flavor combinations he enjoyed. The Restorative Gin takes a 5 time distilled neutral spirit that is redistilled with juniper, coriander, cucumber, and rose petals. The green glass bottle is a modeled after traditional gin bottles from the 18th century with sides that slowly taper inward towards the bottom of the bottle. 

Tasting Notes

Nose: The nose on this gin is more classic in character with lots of juniper and coriander up front balanced with faint notes of cucumber. Almost no alcohol on the nose.

Palate: The palate has a full body that glides across the tongue with some heat from the alcohol which is not unexpected for a 45% gin.  Like the nose, the flavor is dominated by juniper and coriander which gives the impression of lemon and lime zest though they do not say any is used.

Finish: The finish is long and warm. Savory flavors of spice and juniper are balanced nicely with hints of citrus. 

Conclusion: Uncle Val's Restorative Gin is a very tasty example of a classic gin that is more juniper forward. Overall I am impressed that there is no alcohol on the nose considering its bottling strength. The one potential mark against it is that I do not notice the cucumber or the rose petal much though it is possible they are supporting the overall flavor structure without shining through. If you like classic gins like I do this Restorative Gin will do quite nicely over ice, in a dry martini with an olive and in a Gin & Tonic. Given the limey citrus flavors present a refreshing G&T with a Restorative Gin and a squeeze of lime will quite nicely on a warm day. 

Thank you to Folsom + Associates for providing the free sample.

Review: Uncle Val's Botanical Gin

Uncle Val's Botanical Gin is owned by 3 Badge Beverage Corporation (August Sebastiani) based in Sonoma, CA; Distilled by Bendistillery in Bend, OR and Bottled by Frank-Lin Distillers Products in Fairfield, CA at 45% ABV. 

Price: $39 MSRP

Uncle Val's Gin is named after August Sebastiani's zio (uncle in italian) Valerio. Apparently Valerio was a physician who loved cooking and gardening. In honor of his memory August commissioned three gins that matched some of the flavor combinations he enjoyed. The Botanical Gin takes a 5 time distilled neutral spirit that is redistilled with juniper, cucumber, lemon, sage and lavender. The green glass bottle is modeled after traditional gin bottles from the 18th century with sides that slowly taper inward towards the bottom of the bottle. 

Tasting Notes

Nose: The nose is bright with inviting notes of lemon zest, cucumber and a faint hint of orris. 

Palate: The palate is smooth and luxurious with a little bit of heat from the alcohol. The initial flavor of the gin is slightly sweet from the lavender and citrus notes. As the gin lingers on your palate the flavors evolve and develop more savory characters from the juniper and sage. 

Finish: The finish is wam with long notes of juniper, sage, tarragon. As those savory notes fade away, lemon zest reemerges bright and fresh waiting for the next drink.  

Conclusion: Uncle Val's Botanical Gin is a good example of a citrus forward contemporary gin. It works well in a dry martini. The savory sage notes pair well with the vermouth and they are balanced nicely with the bright lemon zest. I would also imagine that this Botanical Gin would work well in a Bee's Knees. For my tastes, contemporary gins are not my favorite but Uncle Val's Botanical Gin is sure to please those who enjoy citrus forward gins that work well in cocktails and or like their martinis with a twist of lemon. 

Thank you to Folsom + Associates for providing the free sample.