Review #1342 – Castle & Key Autumnal Gin

The Schtick: This is a seasonal gin release from Castle & Key in Kentucky. Sporting a modified recipe to celebrate the Fall weather, this gin is bottled at 51.5% ABV and uses slightly different botanicals. I picked this up when I was in KY to pick our New Riff barrel, and have spent the last couple months working through the bottle. Let’s dive in.

Review #1342 | Gin Review #25

Distiller: Castle & Key

Bottler: Brand: Castle & Key

Selection: N/A

ABV: 51.5% ABV

Age: NA


Nose: Sweet juniper, honey and loads of cinnamon. Pine, faint sap, pepper.

Taste: Thick mouth feel with a syrupy structure. Heat very nicely in check. Lots of cinnamon here, pine and juniper in the back ground with some anise and pepper.

Finish: Long, but the cinnamon takes over the show here. Heat is still very well behaved, but it’s hard to hear over the cinnamon here.

Overall: I like this, as it exhibits some great character but the dominance of the cinnamon character is a bit disappointing. For a fall drink, this drinks more like a winter ensamble, in my opinion. That said, it’s still solid. If we’re being choosy, though, I’m all in on the Restoration London Dry, and a whole lot of it.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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