Gin: Bluecoat American Dry Gin
Trolling through my local libation liquidators, I saw a rather eye-catching display of Bluecoat, a dry gin that claimed to be of the American  variety. The display boasted of various liquor competition honors  while the bottle trumpeted its craft distillation. For $27 a 750, I was willing to give it a whirl.
Opening the bottle with my more seasoned gin drinking friend, the smell was strongly herbal, a much bolder tone than we were expecting. Taking our first few glasses neat, however, the liquor was no evergreen monster. Definitely a subtle gin and rather smooth.
Bluecoat proved to be more than adequate for gin and tonic, providing a muted but excellent partner to our diet brand-X tonic water. I was definitely surprised when I mixed it with some lemon-lime soda we had on hand: even at one-to-one, the drink was downright refreshing. From here to inebriation mixed with only a little bit of our home-grown, 100% genuine all-natural artificial corn syrup, lime flavoring, fizzy watter and a downright patriotic gin? Sign me up, Uncle Sam!
 As opposed to the London or British variety. The marketeers are quite subtle in their machinations.
 Liquor competition judge: best job ever or most delicious job ever? Why am I even posing this as a question?