Corgi Gin is a gin that comes with its own spirit animal: The Corgi Dog. The Corgi breed, beloved by The Queen of England for decades, embodies the ambitious, unique and independent essence of its namesake gin.
Corgi Gin, distilled in Jersey City, NJ, USA, comes in a couple of variations; most notably their Pembroke Gin or Earl Grey Gin. The Pembroke Gin offers a mix of spices and herbs for the pallet—giving the taster a medley of cinnamon, caraway, cumin, angelica root, turmeric, and thyme. It has a clean and smooth body of flavor with a finish of fennel and rose that adds another lovely layer.
Corgi Earl Grey Gin is an amazingly unique gin with a stunning flavor profile. This amber colored beauty has notes of black tea, celery salt, old bay, and even a bit of curry. It lends itself well to cocktails and has inspired many a creation at The Winslow Gin Bar and Eatery. Their cocktail, created by General Manager and Beverage Director Cait Moorhead, uses Corgi Earl Grey as a base, along with Nikka Coffey Gin, Cardamaro Vino Amaro, Amaro Montenegro, and Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur. Served in a snifter along with a dash of mole bitters, it will definitely cure what ails you while putting a pep in your step. It’s a sipper with a heart of gold. Corgi Earl Grey Gin, often referred to as a “breakfast gin” given its tea notes is amazing with a little citrus as well. The Winslow also serves the Earl Grey Gin on their trademark Gin and Tonic list with fresh lemon, bee pollen, rosemary and ginger.
If you are looking to try these Corgi Spirits, either the Pembroke Gin or the Earl Grey Gin, they are often featured in The Winslow’s Gin Clubs. The Gin Clubs, held on Tuesdays (on average about 2-3 every month) is not only a great way to come in and learn not only about gin, but also preparing cocktails, and the distillation process. For $30 a ticket, each guest gets three cocktails (a welcome gin and tonic as well as two other cocktails, of the gin representative’s choosing, that you make yourself at your station) passed hors d’oeuvres, and raffle prizes! It’s any gin lover’s juniper-filled-dream-come-true. You can get information on upcoming Gin Clubs on our website.
If you want to delve further into the belly of the beast so you can consume all things Corgi related, the Corgi Distillery offers tours and tastings. Located in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey, it’s a splendid way to taste the day. Moreover, The Corgi Distillery is a cool place to behold. The distilling apparatus, or in this case the classic pot stills, is the centerpiece eking out drop by delicious drop. For more information on tours, tastings, or private events you can visit them on their website. Corgi Gin has the balance of the new and old worlds of gin, striking the equilibrium between classic London Dry with the newer Botanical infused menagerie of small batch gins. As gin is the original “flavored vodka” it is so interesting to see how new brands are branching out and popping up all over the world. For those of you keeping score, the difference between small batch gin and craft gin is now often a thin line as it truly depends on the distiller. The newest wave of the gin renaissance, starting around 2010-2011 has sprung forth a bounty of gins which both straddle and move that subtle line of difference. The best way to embrace these differences is of course to try as many gins as possible. Now, if only there was a gin bar hosting some sort of club in which you could do so…