Today we'll be examining a spirit produced right here in the capital of the great state of Texas, Waterloo Gin. Waterloo is the product of Treaty Oak Distilling which also produce a rum and tea product here for Texas. Waterloo is distilled in the older method of gin production by allowing the liquid vapor of the alcohol to infuse with the botanicals chosen in the neck of a traditional pot still during distillation. As is the case for just about all of the craft distillers in Texas, the scene is new, and not a ton of history is available on the company. Let's move the review then shall we?
The nose of the gin is wonderful. Very subtle hints of citrus begin, moving to lavender, vanilla, freshly cut grass, and roasted nuts. The final scent detectable was that of the juniper, although it either intentionally or unintentionally has been downplayed in the process of infusion. The flavor though had a good bit of heat to start out with, moving to a very strong base note of peppermint. I was not able to confirm if mint was one of the ingredients used, so that this was continually the primary note detected by both myself and my wife was slightly jarring. Notes of pecans and sweetness akin to pecan pie, lavender, cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus all round out the middle of the sip, ending with the requisite juniper bite.
In the past, at times I've not been shy about my love of Texas spirits. I'm certain though that I would love this product no matter where it had been produced. The botanicals are expertly balanced, full of flavor, potent, and intoxicating (in both senses). In general, I'm happy to see the growing trend of gin making a return in the pantheon of popular spirits. This gin will certainly do very little to thwart its rise in America from the ashes of pre-prohibition cocktails to that of modern mixology. Pick up a 750 ML bottle at your local area Spec's Wine, Spirits, and Finer Foods for 18.94. If you are a gin lover, you won't regret your purchase.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Suggested Tasting Method: Neat, chilled neat, or in any modern and/or traditional gin or vodka-based cocktail.