North Shore No. 11 Illinois Gin (750ml)

SKU #1049705 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is styled after a classic dry gin. Look for mild aromatics that nod to white flowers and citrus. On the palate, lightly sweet candied-lemon peel is framed by lively juniper and anise, finishing with a brisk flourish of pink peppercorns and ginger. Recommended for gimlets and other cocktails. (KN) Inner quote mark (7/2014)

K&L Notes

The botanicals in North Shore's No. 11 Gin add fullness without taking away from the leading role of the juniper berries. The balance is remarkable and lends itself well to classic cocktails from a time when gin was king. On first release, this gin was available exclusively to restaurants and bars. But after numerous requests from consumers who had No. 11 at their favorite dining spots, North Shore was kind enough to allow us to carry it. 94 points and a Gold Medal/Exceptional Rating from the Beverage Tasting Institute: "Clear. Dense, compacted aromas of honeycomb, lime soufflé, peppery juniper, and sweet spices. A soft, silky entry leads to a fruity medium-full of citrus custard pasty, pink peppercorns, fresh herbs, and honeyed juniper berries. Finishes with an long interplay of flavor with a touch of eucalyptus and minerals. A lovely, deeply flavorful, and elegantly styled gin that will be sensational in vintage cocktails."


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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2010 | Send Email
This is a very smooth take on a London dry style of gin. There is noticeably less “bite” here than with a good many other gins in the same style. The botanicals are well balanced, too: while you’re never in any doubt that there are juniper berries present, it doesn’t spell out JUNIPER in block caps; more like Spencerian script. Clean citrus and warm spice notes flesh out the cool, clear juniper. While it doesn’t lack for flavor, this is more about grace than force. So; if you didn’t believe the dog pile of reviews on this gin already, now I’m giving you my two cents: well worth trying!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2009 | Send Email
Don't hesitate when you see this gin in stock, it is very small production and quite sought after. The last batch all sold before touching the shelf! The number 11 has a relaxed exoticism that reminds me of Hendricks, with a dry refreshing streak that only the Junipero can equal. The balance is fabulous, and combined with a lime from our dwarf tree, a glass full of ice and a splash of tonic, I was in after-work-cocktail heaven.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2009 | Send Email
This is the best gin I have yet tasted and I loooooove gin. Need I say more?

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