New Amsterdam Gin

Maker: E & J Gallo, Modesto, California, USA

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Crystal Clear

Nose: Alcohol, cucumber, cardamom, cassia, orange peel

On the palate: full-bodied and sweet. Candied orange, juicy fruit gum, lime peel.

Finish: Very sweet and a little tingly.

Mixed: Does well in almost everything. Best suited to Tom Collins and Gin & Tonics. Does OK in negronis. Makes for a sweet martini, which is ok but not my preference.

Parting words: New Amsterdam is a servicable gin that does well in applications that call for sour or bitter ingredients that can balance out its sweetness. It comes in a stylish bottle that makes the gin look higher on the shelf than it is. For a gin that sells for under $15 retail, it does well. My expectations were met. Can’t complain. New Amsterdam gets a mild recommendation.

7 thoughts on “New Amsterdam Gin

  1. There’s a bit of a controversy over this gin because there’s less juniper in it (like a toe in the water so to speak). Which is why a debate started over on Drinkhacker over whether this deserves to be called a gin when there is so little juniper.

      1. The comments were actually pretty negative over the positive review given for New Amsterdam. Since juniper is a key ingredient in gin most of the commenters felt this didn’t deserve to have gin in the name.

      2. I have yet to see DH give a negative review for anything so it’s not surprising. I do think that saying that NA doesn’t deserve to be called gin is a bit harsh. There are many gins in which juniper takes a back seat. Not that I would ever buy New Amsterdam ever again.

      3. That’s the Internet for you. A few posters did defend the gin saying that the lack of juniper makes it easier for gin beginners.

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