Maple Lane Spirits
First the bad news, I finally found a gin that I can’t recommend. The good news, it’s made by a small distiller in the tiny town of Preston, CT so you probably aren’t ever going to have to drink it. I gave this gin every chance to win me over. I tried it neat. I tried it over ice. I tried it with a little tonic. I tried it with A LOT of tonic. I tried it with and without lime. I tried it on three different days. I tried it with food. Nothing could make me like this gin.
Let me skip ahead to the punchline. They put a little bit of black currant in the gin. Theoretically, this is really cool. Foggy Harbor is small batch and made on a farm that, among other things, grows currants. The idea is grand, but the gin isn’t. On the nose it reminded me of tire rubber. The alcohol is harsh. But the biggest problem is there is this off fruit flavor from the currants. The taste is reminiscent of something artificial. Even a lot of tonic could not overcome this odd flavor. If you have to drink it, I suggest a 1:4 ratio, but this is really just to try to overwhelm the gin with tonic.
The company barely has a website. They rarely update their Facebook page. They started out distilling their base alcohol in rented space in New York. I can’t figure out if they are still doing that or not, but everything about this operation screams small. The look of the bottle does too. The look of the greenish label with a tall ship obscured by fog isn’t even as sophisticated as most labels you would find at a farmers market. The green waxed top is a nice touch though.
I had hoped I would like this gin. I like to root for the little guy when it comes to food and drink. Unfortunately, I just don’t like this gin. It is the worst gin I drank this year and I just can’t suggest that you give it a try. Not Recommended
Gin # 008
G&T Ratio 1:4
Distillers notes: “Nestled down in Southeastern New England and tucked in between Christmas trees, blueberries and black currants, Maple Lane Spirits produces and bottles their fine spirits with the down to earth, everyday quality expected from a small batch Distilled Spirits Plant. — Distilled Gin with a hint of Black Currant”