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Gin Joint Introduces Breuckelen's "Glorious Gin" to DC - Tuesday, February 28th @ 6 PM

Kavita Singh

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Months ago, the Gin Joint at New Heights Restaurant got wind of a start-up, indie gin distiller in Brooklyn and, ever since, has been looking for a chance to visit and taste. By coincidence, over the weekend the Gin Joint received an email from the distillers, Breuckelen Distilling Company, asking if they could bring their “Glorious Gin” in early this week for sampling. One thing led to another and soon the two parties had agreed to an impromptu public tasting event this Tuesday, February 28, at 6:00 PM. Short notice but a momentous event for both parties since Tuesday's tasting at the Gin Joint signals Breuckelen Distilling's entry to the DC market.

Breuckelen's non-London-dry-style “Glorious Gin” is produced entirely from scratch, starting with organic wheat grown on a small farm in upstate New York. The grain is distilled once, then separately with each gin botanical (juniper, lemon, grapefruit and ginger) then again as a blend with the botanical enhanced spirits. The result is a spirit similar in character to a genever-style gin but different too in that “Glorious Gin” contains no malt.

For the event, the Gin Joint will sell a customized gin cocktail based on Breuckelen's “Glorious Gin” (featuring rosemary and lime infused ice cubes and the Gin Joint's own ginger tonic) and will offer gin lollipops. Chef Ron Tanaka's kitchen will also serve complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

The Breuckelen Distillery “Glorious Gin” tasting takes place Tuesday, February 28, 2012, starting at 6:00 PM. Breuckelen's distillers will lead the tasting and talk shop with the Gin Joint's devoted giniacs.

For additional information, please contact Kavita Singh at 202.234.4110.

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This is a very delicious gin but as Kavita describes, it comes across more like a genever. It's definitely nothing like a London Dry. Also note the Dutch spelling here, and be forewarned that there's a mediocre London Dry marketed as "Brooklyn Gin" by an unrelated outfit out of Miami. I tasted them side-by-side a year ago at Red, White & Bubbly (in Brooklyn)...and came home with a bottle of Breuckelen.

At Chez Stomach, this gin is more of a sipper than a mixer, but don't let that keep you from experimenting.

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