Review: Batch Signature Gin and Industrial Strength Gin
Anthem Imports brings Batch Gin, a line that includes more than a dozen different gin products, into the U.S. Batch Brew Limited is based in Lancashire, England, where at cranks out all manner of mostly-white spirits, and even offers a sort of “gin of the month” club for UK residents. We received Batch’s two most straightforward gins — Signature and Industrial Strength — for review. Thoughts follow.
Batch Signature Gin – This offering is made with some typical and some unexpected botanicals — it’s inspired by Middle Eastern spices — including juniper, coriander seeds, cinnamon bark, angelica root, orange peel, cardamom, frankincense, myrrh, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and fresh lemongrass. If you weren’t getting enough frankincense in your diet, well, here’s the solution! The nose is quite floral, with virtually no juniper character, but expressive with notes of fresh linens and a spicy lemongrass edge. The palate is both sweet and sultry in equal proportions, with a boldly spicy edge that reeks of incense. This all leads to a somewhat dusty, earthy finish, with drying spices that feature turmeric, cloves, and cardamom. It’s an exotic and worthwhile gin — provided you aren’t looking for that traditional juniper rush. 80 proof. Reviewed: Batch #1. B+ / $33
Batch Industrial Strength Gin – This is “an overproof twist on our Signature Gin, with less spice and increased juniper.” In other words: A much more familiar gin from the get-go. Those evergreen juniper notes are heavy on the nose, with a lemon pepper note underneath adding citrus and heat. The palate is earthy and peppery, with various notes of cotton balls, eucalyptus, and a hint of charcoal dust. The finish is fairly iconic and brisk with juniper — and lots of lemon oil lingering on the back end. Refreshing and punchy at a full 110 proof. Reviewed: Batch #1. A- / $37