Tastes few+galeforce spirits

Published on May 30th, 2015 | by Greg


Spirited Away: Few, Cisco’s Gale Force

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the most competitive events in the alcoholic beverage world- there are a ton of awards in a variety of different categories and classes but the cream of the crop certainly rises to the top. We’ve tasted our fair share, and always enjoy comparing the judges marks to our own. We have two distilleries to look at today, one with a range of different styles and the other connected to a popular brewery.

Triple Eight Distilleries offers Gale Force Gin, part of their Storm series, from a company connected to Cisco Brewery and the Nantucket Vineyard. One of the only “triple-threat” operations around, they’ve created an interesting twist on the classic juniper-focused clear gin, using angelica and orris root along with grains of paradise for what they noted as a slightly peppery finish. There are still balanced citrus tones as well, but also woody and herbal hints- less cucumber and less bright botanicals than some. Winner of a Double Gold at this year’s festival, it’s 88 proof, and perfect with tonic as a pair. Gale Force Gin’s label calls to mind the maritime heritage, which you can enjoy in every bottle. Available for $34.99, it’s well worth seeking out and mixing into a crisp summer cocktail.

Few Spirits, based in Chicago, sent us some smaller samples of a variety of their line. Which is too bad, as their bottles are quite attractive and very old-school. Their American Gin and Standard Issue Gin weren’t so impressive- the first a little flat and the second a little astringent. But their Barrel Gin was wonderfully complex, a light caramel color and less refined than most gins, with a nose and finish that’s more raw and sweeter as well. 93 proof, it won the highest rating awarded to a gin in the past few years from the Beverage Tasting Institute- and it makes for a mean negroni. And if the darker spirits are what you are looking for, their Bourbon Whiskey is very solid but our money is on the heartier, bolder Rye, which won Whisky Advocate’s Craft Whisky of the Year among other accomplishments. Prices vary, from $36 for the American Gin up to $54.99 for the Rye.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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