Review: Bluecoat American Dry Gin

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I love anytime a new bottle of Gin shows up at our door and this one came with perfect timing. Bluecoat American Dry Gin is an American made spirit from Philadelphia, and is anything but your typical gin:

“Bluecoat American Dry Gin is a craft distilled spirit, made one small batch at a time. We believe hand-crafted quality and fun-loving independence are the best American traditions. Be Revolutionary!”

Kind of makes you feel warm inside right? This sounds like a gin for the “Murica” faithfuls, but to be fair anyone that yells “Murica” is probably more focused on brown liquor anyway.

  • First Impression: You can’t miss Bluecoat on the shelf. Its in a bright blue bottle thats round at the top and square at the base. It’s sort of fancy but don’t worry the price doesn’t match the bottle. When I cracked this one open I got an uppercut to the nose from a heavy dose of Juniper but behind the Juniper are strong notes of orange citrus.
  • Tasting Notes: Bluecoat is crafted using organic juniper berries and organic American citrus peels, giving it a bright, earthy, spicy juniper flavor. This is one of those gins you’ll either really love or really hate. It’s heavy and bold on both the Juniper and the Citrus but don’t get me wrong this one’s pretty smooth. In fact its one of the smoothest gins I’ve ever had, but the balance in my opinion makes it a great choice for citrus cocktails but maybe not so much for your traditional ones like a martini.
  • Drink Suggestions: Try this one in a Tom Collins, or maybe a Gimlet.
  • Proof: 47% ABV [94 Proof]
  • Price: $24.99 [750/ML]
  • Grade: B

Final Word: I really liked Bluecoat. It wouldn’t be my first choice for a Martini or a G&T, but to be honest I don’t drink much of either of those. If you’re a fan of more citrus forward drinks then this is a winner. Summer time entertaining for me usually means a bright and citrus gin based punch so I’ll definitely get some good use out of Bluecoat.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin sample was provided courtesy of the brand. For more information visit their website at





Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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