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: Castle & Key

Brand: Castle & Key


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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