Maker: ???, France. Imported by Crillon Importers Ltd, Paramus, New Jersey, USA
Appearance: Blue, like diluted window cleaning solution.
Nose: Lots of juniper and iris (I’m assuming the other botanical I’m smelling a lot of is iris, given the fact that iris is emphasized on the label). Citrus peel, grains-of-paradise.
On the palate: Full bodied and semi-sweet with a bit of spice on the back end.
Finish: Sweet and spicy, then a little hot.
Mixed: A little brash with tonic, but goes down ok. Very good in a Tom Collins and good in a dry martini.
Parting words: Magellan is a good gin. It’s a little too aggressive for my tastes, but it does OK mixed, which is what most gin is going to be used for. The cheesy branding and the blue coloring are distractions I could do without. The $30 price tag is also something I could do without. I’m kind of on the fence about this one, but I’ll err on the side of niceness this time and give Magellan Gin a recommendation.