NLF: Victoria Gin

Victoria Gin
90 Proof – Gin
Approx. $45.99 750ml

The
results are in and it was a very close race, but Rahmin Khobani managed
to edge out the competition to win New Liquor Friday’s first ever
reader review contest!

Rahmin’s Review:
I’ve
heard of Christmas trees, flowers, turpentine, and pine among others to
describe the flavor of gin, and it’s not far off. I like to call it
“Botanicals” and that’s what most gin distilleries use to describe their
concoction of flavors. Juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, lemon
peel, grapefruit peel, lime, apple, licorice, almond, angelica root,
angelica seed, orris root, grains of paradise, cubeb berries, cassia
bark, cardamom, tea, chamomile, hop flowers, cinnamon, caraway,
cucumber, rose pedal, elderflower, meadowsweet, nutmeg, star anise,
white birch, creeping thistle, lady’s bedstraw, peppermint, gorse,
common heater, hawthorn flowers, lemon balm, foxtail mint, water mint,
wormwood, clover, sweet cicely, bog myrtle, tansy, thyme, sage, green
grape flowers, and of course THE FUCKING FOREST! are all examples of
“Botanicals” that are used in the flavoring of gin. It seems as though
witches are making gin where things like eye of newt, wool of bat, and
tongue of dog would be at home in the mix… There are only a couple
people that I know that actually drink it, which may explain why there
are no reviews on New Liquor Friday yet on any gin.

If I’m
drinking it, I generally have a bottle of Bombay or Tanqueray, and both
are considered “dry gins. Victoria doesn’t claim to be dry and I would
tend to agree. Up until trying this gin, I was used to the dry or
unsweetened version of gins that worked quite nicely by balancing flavor
with a sweet mixer like tonic or juice (thanks Snoop!!). I could drink
the dry gin straight, but definitely preferred mixing. This gin was the
most palatable gin that I’ve tried straight. A slight sweetness with
much smoother feel overall. You can definitely pick up the citrus notes
in this gin, so naturally, it lends itself nicely to my preferred Gin
and Juice cocktail… 2 parts Simply Grapefruit, 1 part Simply Orange
w/Pineapple, 1 part Gin. You’ll be laid back, smokin’ endo in to time!

I
still prefer the extra bite of a dry gin in a tonic mix. It seems to me
that carbonation works better with a Tanqueray or a Bombay than this
gin, but it still gets you drunk, which is the object of the game. Gin
is generally the cheapest liquor in the liquor store, but Victoria is
one of the more expensive, so you’ll need to have your mind on yo’
money.  I loved it though, and this bottle went FAST! So if you want
bitches in the livin’ room gettin’ it on, you better have a few bottles
to make it to 6 in the mornin’. Oh and skip the rubbers, you’ll be too
drunk for that.

One thought on “NLF: Victoria Gin

  1. Great list of Botanical flavors. I’m not aware of so many Gin favors. A gin and tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water poured over ice. It is usually garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. The amount of gin varies according to taste.

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