Bluecoat American Dry Gin was introduced in May 2006, at the very beginning of the gin renaissance.
It is the product of Philadelphia Distilling Company (founded 2005), the first craft distillery to open in the state of Pennsylvania since prohibition. The gin is named after the blue uniforms of the American militia during the revolution and distilled five times in custom-built copper pot still from mash composed of rye, corn, wheat and barley macerated with organic botanicals. The company does not disclose the full list of botanicals; it does include juniper, coriander seed, Angelica root and citrus peel, someone also mentioned angostura and orris root. Bluecoat American Dry Gin won the double gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirit Competition.
Bluecoat American Dry is very citrus forward gin, with much more citrus than traditional London Dry. Strong notes of oranges, lemons and grapefruits are perfectly balanced with juniper berries, hints of cardamom and pine needles. Bluecoat is a great component of Vesper Martini and makes excellent Gin & Tonic as well.