My mom was in town this weekend, and since we both like foraging, we went searching through DC’s park systems for some elusive early morels. Indeed, they were too elusive (from what I’m reading on mushroom hunter messageboards, dry conditions are giving this season a bad start). But mom and I were much more successful in procuring another thing we both like: gin & tonic.
DC Bread & Brew, which I often pass on my way home from work, advertises a happy hour with Tru Organic Spirits. Though I guess Tru’s vodkas are their primary claim to fame, it’s their Tru2 Organic Gin that I was after. Mom and I are both gin snobs and total Tanqueray partisans, and I thought it would be fun for us to compare this new product to our old standby. So we each ordered a gin & tonic, one with Tanqueray and one with the Tru.
We both enjoyed the organic gin quite a bit, though it probably won’t replace Tanqueray as our gin of choice. Still, we found Tru to be a refreshing diversion. The herbal flavors were stronger and more complex in the Tru. I detected a delightful tarragon flavor, though tarragon isn’t actually one of the 14 aromatics used (star anise and fennel are, though, so that’s probably what I was getting). Mom thought the Tru & Tonic was reminiscent of a good ginger ale.
I might get a bottle of Tru as sort of an auxilliary gin, for when I want a change from Tanqueray. I can see Tru being a better fit with some foods than the piney Tanqueray, and also being a great component of a specialty martini or other cocktail. And I do like their emphasis on organic ingredients and sustainability. Their website claims that “For every bottle of TRU sold, we plant one tree in the rain forests of Central America,” and also “At 620 grams, our bottles use 25% less glass than the average spirits bottle.” This gin snob approves.