February 7, 2007

Review: DH Krahn Gin

DH Krahn GinDH Krahn
Ultra-Premium Gin with Juniper, Coriander, Citrus, and Ginger
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $27 for 750ml

Our Editor in Chief is not usually the jealous type, but sometimes we like to make him feel that little green tinge. It usually happens when someone gets to drink something he didn't get to try - especially when it's something he's heard as many good things about as DH Krahn gin.

We've been hearing nothing but positives about this stuff, and the Interns made a little wager with the EIC about whether he'd be able to try it or not. We won't share the details of the bet itself, but the Interns split the bottle and drank it all without sharing a single drop with our taskmaster. So what did we think of it?

We've been sipping and enjoying a new gin over the past few weeks: DH Krahn Gin. DH Krahn Gin is made with Italian Juniper Berries, Moroccan Corriander Seed, Floridian Orange, Californian Lemon, Californian Grapefruit, and a touch of Thai Ginger. We liked the look of the 750ml bottle, and with a retail price of a slick $26.99, it put us in a mid-priced state of mind.

Tasting notes: DH Krahn surprised us with its citrusy complexity, which was a far cry from the eye watering juniper overload you can find in lower quality gins. The gin is very sweet - much sweeter than we expected. Making a straight up martini yields something soft and delicate versus a raging pine cone gin martini you have to wrestle to the ground. We like our Martinis dry and with a twist of lime - the DH Krahn Gin is perfect for this type. When we tried it with Vermouth and an olive, we felt we'd rather go the twist of lime route.

We made the following from the drink recipes provided to us:

Ambassador Krahn
2 oz-Krahn Gin
3/4 oz-Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 oz-Cointreau
1 dash- Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass, then add ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

This recipe really brought out the sweet flavor of the DH Krahn Gin but also the bitters helped to give it a bit more boldness. What we like about many of the drink recipes provided to us is how they all make a sweeter drink than we would normally allow ourselves. On a side note, we also like the fact that sweet and citrus doesn't yield an acid reflux nightmare on the throat after you've had one or two (or several).

Plus, Mr. Bigshot Editor in Chief didn't get any. All in all, it was a good day.

[Editor's Note: You thought the gin was sweet? Revenge will be sweeter.]

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at February 7, 2007 7:10 AM
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This is an exciting new entry for the gin market. A combination of substance and style is overdue in gin - step aside vodka. If you're lucky enough to come across DH Krahn, take advantage.

Posted by: josh at February 7, 2007 11:13 PM
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