Kara Newman

Kara Newman

Spirits Editor

Reviews spirits.

Kara Newman is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and author of Cocktails for a Crowd (coming in Spring 2013) and Spice & Ice: 60 tongue-tingling cocktails, both from Chronicle Books. An active member of the New York cocktail and mixology scene, she loves dive bars and speakeasies alike.

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Dillon’s Rose Gin

  1. $50

This ruddy gin-based liqueur, infused with rose hips and petals and sweetened with turbinado sugar, will appeal to fans of aperitif cocktails. The bold, herbal aroma and sweet notes of burnt orange peel and clove read almost like an herbaceous root beer or a light amaro, finishing with bracing pink peppercorn. Sip over ice or experiment with Negroni variations.

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Vikre Boreal Juniper Gin

  1. $32

Consider this a head start on gimlets and other citrusy cocktails. With a bright, slightly sweet, candied lemon peel profile, this citrus-forward gin is pleasant to sip and finishes with a sprightly ginger note.

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Hana Gin

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  1. $20

Hana is Japanese for flower, as the orchid etched into the teardrop-shaped bottle suggests, and this gin does show subtle white floral notes. The bright, delicate aroma suggests floral and mild vegetal notes reminiscent of fresh snow peas. The flavor is equally bright and bracing, with a fleeting berry sweetness and crisp, lightly floral finish. Nuanced and…

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Spirit Works Barrel Gin

  1. $53

Golden in the glass, this gin is scented with rich, buttery vanilla touched with honey and fresh apple. It’s slightly oily on the palate, where vanilla sweetness is shored up with mint, pine, cinnamon and cardamom. Though it sips well alone, this wheat-based gin works in cocktails, too.

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Vikre Boreal Spruce Gin

  1. $32

The earthy aroma shows anise at first, with time in the glass opening to a fresh, grassy note. On the palate, this gin is soft and herbaceous, with notes of spruce, spearmint, tarragon and anise, plus a surprising tart lime note that bounces into the brisk finish. Mix with tonic and enjoy.

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
93
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Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22

  1. $40

Distilled from a Niagara grape base and infused with 22 botanicals (hence the name), this small-batch gin is light and soft, with notes of lemongrass, juniper and lime zest, finishing zingy and brisk. Though the producer warns that the gin is unfiltered and may appear cloudy, it looked clear in the glass. Martini material.

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
93
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Uncle Val’s Restorative Gin

  1. $39

Bridging sweet and savory, this gin has a citrusy fragrance, which also shows up on the palate. Starting out with mild pineapple-like sweetness and traditional juniper, this gin segues into a spicy, mouthwatering finish with white and black pepper, coriander and ginger spice.

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
92
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Big Bottom Oregon Gin

  1. $30

The aroma teases bright grapefruit peel, otherwise this silky gin is like drinking in a forest, enveloping the palate in pine and juniper, with a lightly sweet white flower and white pepper finish. The alcohol heat is too strong for straight-up sipping, but tempers well in cocktails without relinquishing flavor.

 — K.N.  (8/1/2015)
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