Philly’s Bluecoat aims for the top shelf
In certain applications I’ve found it [Bluecoat Gin] absolutely endearing; one being a smart martini offered by bartender Kurt Wunder at 700 Club, the smoky corner bar in Northern Liberties: Wunder adds a dash of aromatic orange bitters to the traditional dry vermouth, and serves it with a lemon twist.
Kip Waide, the master bartender at Southwark, credits Bluecoat – along with the cucumber-y Hendricks – for giving gin virgins a gentler first experience. It makes for a softer negroni (equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, orange slice garnish); it smooths out James Bond’s classic vesper (3 parts gin, 1 part vodka, 1/2 part blonde Lillet). In a gin and tonic, an orange slice plays up its softer-citrus side.
Which may help convert young vodka-holics. But hard-core gin purists may prove tougher customers: They tend to covet that dry, clean (unsoftened) bite of juniper.
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