Review: Dillon's Unfiltered Gin 22 / by Jason Hambrey

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Made from 22 botanicals; niagara grape base
Distiller Dillon's (Beamsville, ON)

Dillon's other main gin, alongside the terrific Dry Gin 7, is this unfiltered gin made with 22 botanicals from a niagara grape base. It is quite a bit different than the Dry Gin 7, but another terrific gin which I would use in different cocktails - Dillon's really has a good cocktail game going.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: 77
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: ~2018

Dense, rich, fruity and spicy. A great gin. What I love about Dillon’s gins is not only that the botanicals and spices are great, but the underlying spirit itself is terrific. Sharp grape, cinnamon, soapy coriander, clove, rich bark...a terrific nose. The palate is spicy and fruity, with some of the spices coming through in the background but revealing rich dried flower notes and a nice woody finish, still vibrant with citrus and spice. Mildy sweet throughout – balanced.  Quite a bit different than their Dry Gin 7, which has a rye base and isn’t quite as complex botanically (but is more in terms of spirit). I usually reach for the simplicity and depth of the Dry Gin 7 more, but I actually objectively find this a better more complex and integrated spirit (indeed, one of the best gins I’ve tasted). Between which of the two is more desirable, it is likely it is a matter of preference. This is more complex, and much richer and fruitier. In terms of mixing between the two, they both would be for different kinds of cocktails – clean and deep would be gin 7, but in a cocktail where gin can get lost and needs to add complexity and richness, gin 22 is your mixer. A great portfolio of gins from Dillon’s.

However, I’ve rarely, if ever, seen a more big, complex, and integrated gin. This is one of the best all-time, for straight sipping. I choose Dry Gin 7 more often, but this is more complex and better. A stunner in blind tastings.

Assessment: Exceptional.