The idea of a Nautically themed spirit interested us (largely because our DnD group just took a pirate ship – yeah we’re a pack of nerds). Sadly this was received about as well as a splash of salt water. (And we don’t mean in a refreshing slap to the face kind of way.
Overall in the parts that matter for a gin (taste, and mixability), this is for the most part average. But it burns like a mother of pearl fucker and its cost is truly worthy of mutiny. This is a gin meant for the long voyages when you want to feel something burn on your lips that aren’t the sun.
What they Say: “Our gin is crafted using the finest ingredients sourced from around the globe. We combine more than ten botanicals in our recipe. Including Lemongrass, Coridancer and Mint to deliver a smooth and balanced taste. One of our gin will take your taste buds on a unique flavour journey. Explore flavour. Experience Nautical Gin.”
Taste: 5.0 – It’s clean and then like a match the juniper and botanical flavouring is lit. There are some problems with the taste, but they feel more burn/smoothness related.
Aftertaste: 5.0 – You get much more of the overall juniper flavour, but it is rather singular. (Not heavy, just simplistic)
Burn/Smooth: 2.0 – This burns going and on the lips. If your goal was to be something navy sailors drink – mission success? (checks price) Nope mission fail.
Aroma: 5.5 – It smells fairly standard for gin, a mix of juniper and citrus. It’s possible you can smell the mint, but that could be something else.
Honesty: 3.5 – You are not smooth, and while yes that was a ‘journey’ fuck you. Fuck your explore flavour nonsense. You’ve got a lot of good theming, bottle design and colour, and you’ve ruined it.
Martini: 5.0 – It’s okay.
Gin and Tonic: 5.0 – That’s fine.
Value: 2.0 – Having bought this, at this price – never again. For that matter neither should you.
Google Shop Average: $32
Metric Score: 28/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.0 |+| Reviewer Average: 3.0
Final Thoughts: There’s little need to mince words here – while this isn’t bottom of the barrel – it’s a bad gin. We’ve sort of danced around that above (we joke), but honestly – it’s not good.