New Amsterdam Gin sample for review courtesy representatives of the brand. All photos and opinions are my own.
New Amsterdam Gin makes its stand in the gin market with a younger, contemporary crowd. This is a generation of drinkers who may have embraced vodka as a long time favorite, but have been exposed to a new style of gin cocktails through current bartending.
This gin takes a relaxed approach in flavor with softer, smoother notes and comes in at a moderate 80 proof. Citrus is foremost rather than harsh, brassy notes of juniper berry. New Amsterdam’s approach to gin might not ring well with hard core gin enthusiasts who prefer steadfast gin as it’s always been done without change. What New Amsterdam Gin does is bring fresh faces to the gin scene who might otherwise never give the category a second glance.
New Amsterdam Straight Gin Tasting Notes
40% alcohol – 80 proof
Aroma: Light. No burn. Citrus. Very faint juniper.
Taste: Citrus. Orange peel. Little heat. Light. Smooth. Medium weight. Slight bitterness which most certainly is the distinct blend of botanicals. Lime essence barely, as in the essential oils from lime peel rather than from the citrus fruit itself.
The New Amsterdam Gin bottle claims this gin is smooth enough to consume straight. By golly I think they are correct! Would be perfect on the rocks with citrus peel.
Club Cocktail Recipe
2 ounces Gin
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1/4 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Stir or shake to chill according to preference. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
The Club cocktail is beautiful in color. Its delightful gentle spice aroma leads into a soft lilting flavor. There are hints of orange touched off by vermouth and light, barely there sweetness. This is a lovely sipping cocktail with soft cinnamon and nutmeg notes.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.