The Bottom Line
The definition of the brand released in the Chinese Year of the Dog (2006) begins with the bottle. It is dark, stout and crowned with a spiked color around the neck, making it is as eye-catching as the liquor inside is captivating. Bulldog Gin is not a gin that will reform the vodka drinker. No, this gin is for lovers of gin; real gin, filled with an array of flavors not found in any other spirit, the gin that set the Martini apart from every other drink. Bulldog is complex, to say the least.
- Unique blend of botanicals sets it apart from other gins.
- Perfect for drinks with complex flavor profiles.
- Great Dirty Martini (or Dirty Dog, as tagged by the company).
- London Dry Distilled Gin, quadruple-distilled in the UK.
- Distilled with juniper, dragon eye, poppy and other botanicals.
- Released in 2006.
- Retails for around $28 per 750mL bottle.
- 40% alc/volume (80 proof)
Guide Review - Bulldog Gin
While gin is only gin if juniper is its dominant flavor, the remaining botanicals distilled into that gin differentiate one brand from another. Included in Bulldog's flavoring ingredients are poppy and dragon eye, both of which can be notably traced in the taste. Poppy is a familiar herbal taste, similar to poppy seeds that top some bread, but what about this dragon eye? It's a native Chinese fruit that is also called Longan and is similar to the lychee. Dragon eye has been used since ancient times to stimulate vitality and sexual stamina.
An endless list of cocktail possibilities is possible with Bulldog Gin. The Dirty Dog (Bulldog's name for a Dirty Martini) is captivating when the olive brine plays off the sweeter citrus and, at the same time, pairs beautifully with the gin's darker aspects. Bulldog Gin can play with sweetness as well. The Cherry Bitch is a great example that throws an array of sweet fruits, from cherry to apple, into a mix that displays its sweeter side. Since dragon eye has natural stimulating effects it is also very appropriate that it be used to ease hangovers in the spicy Hair of the Dog.
The gin lover will enjoy this enlightening experience, which begins with a full bouquet of floral and citrus fragrances that tantalize the senses and invite one to guess their sources. The initial introduction of flavors is one of subtle juniper that leads into a crisp harmony of countless botanicals. With each sip new notes can be found with lavender, citrus and juniper dominating. A short, warm, floral finish is a fine finale for the Bulldog Gin journey.
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