Wine Enthusiast 92 - This gin-based liqueur made with local damson plums is unique and different. The vibrantly cherry-red spirit has a warm, fruity scent, like a cross between sweet vermouth and cherry juice. The flavor is more tart than sweet, with a lingering earthiness on the back of the tongue. Though a little too tart for straight-up sipping, it's a dynamite addition to the arsenal for adding flavor and color to gin-based cocktails, such as fizzes and punches.
The Damson Plum (Prunus Damascena) originated in ancient Persia and spread throughout Europe in the middle ages, making its way to North America with early settlers. The Damson is the tartest and spiciest of all plums. Historically famous in jams, brandy and gin, these small, crimson plums have become rare, losing popularity to larger and sweeter cultivated varieties. Damson Gin Liqueur is made just after New York State's autumn harvest. The plums are barrel pressed to extract the juice along with the rich color of the skins, then blended with a small batch American gin. The result is an exceptionally bold and bright liqueur, delicious in classic fizzes.
The color is a deep burgandy red, bole/terra rosa, with a rich brown note. Neat, the nose is spicy with hints if cinnamon and ginger. Cherry jam in the middles notes with sweet raspberry with a tart edge in lows. Touch or orange and citrus highlights as well. On the palate, starts with a beautiful flourish of spice and fruit up front, rising in unison with a sharp and bright rise. Little bit of gin notes in the background, what tastes like a hint of juniper, with some spice again. Definitely taste some gin in here. Possibly owing to the proof of the spirit, the base character comes through quite sharply.