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    96 Points
    “Tangerine, lemon blossoms and blue flowers sing the praises of gin in this wonderful new product. Named for August Sebastiani’s uncle Valerio Cecchetti from Lucca, Italy, the botanicals chosen are the same that Uncle Val likes to use in his cooking: lemon, juniper, cucumber, sage and lavender. But we picked up a lovely weight and a syrup of white-peppered marshmallow that made these all the more appealing.”
    Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
    The Tasting Panel
    90 Points
    "Sweet-tasting and citrusy, this has a light herbal aroma. It shows distinct cucumber and lavender notes on the palate, and it should lend itself to spring and summer cocktails. Keep an eye out for exciting savory and spicy variations of Uncle Val's that may be coming to market soon."
    Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
    Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
    96 Points
    "Combine green olives, pimento and a dash of white pepper. Add in some spicy red and yellow peppers. Just add gin. Without it being a “flavored” gin, the components, inspired by home-grown peppers in August Sebastiani’s uncle’s Tuscan garden, are so naturally infused, they should be regarded as some of the most unique botanicals used for this category. As it sits in the glass, the perfume on the nose transforms, offering up licorice, apricot, lavender and vanilla spice."
    Uncle Val's Peppered Gin
    The Tasting Panel
    3 Stars, Recommended
    "Owns a discernible and pretty ecru/tarnished silver tint, color-wise; unblemished clarity. Opening inhalations find prickly aromas that attack the olfactory mechanism, offering little hint of juniper pininess. The entry is ashy, toasted, moderately spicy, creamy in texture, almost coffee-like, beany, smoky, tar-like; midpalate is more obvious in its pepper direction, but again it’s a peppery aspect that, to me, is more ashlike/smoky/tobacco like than actually red or greeen or black pepperry; I’m informed that there’s a hint of pimento in the mix and that becomes clear in the finish.”
    Uncle Val's Peppered Gin
    F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, September 2015
    Best American Classic Gin
    "Creamy, buttery nose, bright and citrus. Good balance of juniper, strong enthonol. Silky texture. Reads a little soft at first but with a peppery finish. Nice heat."
    Uncle Val's Restorative Gin
    2019 World Gin Awards
    94 Points
    “Exquisitely positioned, the violets take the front line on the palate with first sip, surrounded by cucumbers and a garden of roses...this is indeed a restorative for the senses!”
    Uncle Val's Restorative Gin
    The Tasting Panel, October 2014
    4 Stars, Highly Recommended
    “Clear and clean as rainwater. Cucumber and rose petal, are both in evidence early on. Entry is really yummy, in that, the juniper-cucumber-rose petal troika gets amiable support from deeply herbaceous coriander while the alcohol base turns velvety smooth and viscous; mid palate is damn near unctuous and oily as the flavor profile goes for broke. Finishes long, luxuriously creamy, and a little hot, but acceptably so. This style can only be categorized as floral.”
    Uncle Val's Restorative Gin
    F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, September 2015
    93 Points, Top 100 Spirits
    "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."
    Uncle Val's Restorative Gin
    Wine Enthusiast, August 2015