Before there was New York, there was New Amsterdam, and New Amsterdam Gin pays homage to the former Dutch settlement with a namesake gin. Of course, New Amsterdam Gin is actually distilled in Modesto, California. Go figure.
New Amsterdam Gin is a far cry from the London Dry style of gins that stand upon a firm juniper base. Instead, New Amsterdam hints at juniper and other botanicals while delivering a hefty wallop of citrus—most notably, orange.
On the nose you’ll find those hints of juniper, but they mostly disappear on the palate, which is rich in sweet citrus with some underlying floral notes. It’s thick and a bit oily on the tongue, and it finishes with a dry, citrusy tang.
New Amsterdam isn’t like a citrus vodka — it’s not chemical tasting, and that bit of juniper will remind the drinker he’s having gin. It tastes pretty solid, overall, and I can imagine many gin haters liking New Amsterdam. That said, gin purists will lament its lack of juniper.
New Amsterdam Gin is a smooth, easy-going spirit and works nicely in fruit forward cocktails, but it doesn’t fare so well in a martini or other classic drinks. If you want to experiment with drinks or need a reliable gin for your well, then New Amsterdam may be the gin for you. Plus, at only about $14 a bottle, it’s a great bargain.
– 40% Alcohol by Volume
CE Rating: ★★★