September 21, 2006

Bluecoat Gin: Ready for the Top Shelf?

Bluecoat Gin BottleWe've been hearing more and more lately that gin is making a comeback on the lips of discerning martini drinkers who are sick of vodka getting all the good press. One up and coming contender in the growing gin market is Bluecoat, an American gin that doesn't even try for all that London Dry BS.

In fact, they're swathing themselves in Revolutionary American terms to discern themselves, taking their name from people who fought the Londoners in that war way back when:

Its claim to fame - besides its Philadelphia (rather than London) pedigree - is that its botanicals are organically sourced and that, while the flavors of premium gins tend to emphasize the crisp juniper end of the spectrum, Bluecoat moves toward the kinder, gentler citrus end. In that pursuit, a sweet orange peel is in the recipe, rather than the traditional bitter orange or rind of lemon.

Bluecoat is so named to associate it with the home-grown colonists who battled the redcoats hereabouts. It comes in a square, cobalt-blue bottle ($25 a fifth) and, I'm assured, is craft-distilled in the only legally operating pot still in Pennsylvania, a rotund, onion-shaped copper rig tucked in an anonymous warehouse behind the National Guard Armory on the far-northeastern reaches of Roosevelt Boulevard.


What do you think is next, Brown Coat gin? Anyway, check them out at, and we're definitely going to have to get our hands on a sample bottle.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 21, 2006 6:44 AM
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Bluecoat is fantastic. it has no olive or grease taste, in fact it's crisp and has a strong note of the sweet orange peel. I think it really lends itself to G&T over a martini. My Hendrick's bottle is getting dusty!

Posted by: Sherry in Philly at February 25, 2010 10:42 PM

My girlfriend convinced me to buy this because she saw it in the store and thought the bottle was pretty...for me, that is where the good things about this gin end. In my martini is has a very oily mouth feel, bordering on greasy. I read the guest review on the site, and he mentioned popcorn, but all I taste is, get this, olives. Now, imagine my surprise at this, given I take my martini's with a twist. Now, I love gin, (Plymouth being my favorite) but this was a challenge to enjoy. Definitely will not buy it again.

Posted by: Christian at October 25, 2009 8:43 PM
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