Brockmans Gin Review: Intensely Smooth Gin
We’ve had some really good craft gins come across our desk this past year, but as a gin lover myself, I don’t think we ever get enough. So I was happy when the folks at Brockmans Gin reached out to us to sample their brand. When you advertise yourself as a “Gin Like No Other”, you usually get two reactions. You get those that roll their eyes because they’ve heard that story a million times before with other brands, or you end up setting yourself up to have to live up to the hype…
Brockmans Gin might have accomplished exactly that. It comes to us from across the pond, and is the brainchild of four men seeking to change the perception of contemporary gin. So what sets them a part? Brockmans taste is made up of a unique blend of botanicals that features coriander from Bulgaria, blueberries and blackberries. It’s definitely not your typical London Dry gin, but when you’re looking to set yourself apart from the competition, sometimes you have to break tradition. Though we receive a lot of spirits across our desk, being a huge gin fan, I get a little excited when something like this pops up, so let’s see how to stacks up.
First Impression: If you don’t know how I feel about bottle presentation, you haven’t been paying attention. Brockmans grabs yours pretty quick with an exotic, sexy and sleek bottle design that you can see above. Two thumbs up to their marketing and design team. On the nose, I kid you not it’s like sex for the nostrils. Maybe that’s TMI, but I wouldn’t say it if it weren’t true. Like any gin, the juniper is there, but it’s almost overwhelmed by the intense berry and citrus fruit notes. I’m not complaining it smells great.
The Taste: One of the first things we noticed on Brockmans website, was that the creators wanted to make a gin that was smooth enough to drink straight over ice. One of the first rules of drinking early was that when it comes to the major spirits (rum, vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey) you can drink the others anyway you like, but you don’t drink gin straight. Keep in mind, I was 22 when I had this belief. But even though I’ve learned the exceptions to that rule, the fact is Gin just isn’t traditionally drank straight. I was pretty shocked when I poured this over ice. It was smooth, it was flavorful, and the blend of botanicals really helped cover up the flavors that make most drinkers stay far far away from drinking gin with no mixer to balance. Also, while I was a bit skeptical from the beginning of how overly sweet the berries come across, they actually blend amazingly well with the coriander, and the citrus flavors of Brockmans.
Final Word: Brockmans is definitely not your typical gin, and that’s both good and bad depending on your perception, and what types of gin drinks you enjoy. I wouldn’t recommend Brockmans if you are a traditional Gin and Tonic fan, it’ll be overly fruity and probably piss you off. This is more for the gin punch or bramble lover, or the gin drinker that prefers a simple gin & juice mix. We LOVE Brockmans with cranberry, and it’s pretty awesome with ginger ale as well. Oh, and we can’t forget it DID live up to their word, because I really enjoyed it over ice. Brockmans Gin will be available in 750 ml at an SRP of $34.99. For more information, including where to buy Brockmans, visit www.brockmansgin.com.
If Brockmans is a bit out of your price range, and you don’t want to go all “Seagrams” on us, try a more budget friendly gin we sampled last year.
Have you tried Brockmans? What did you think of it? What’s your favorite gin? Do you ever drink gin straight? We want to know what our readers think. Be sure to drop a comment below.