Cadenhead’s Old Raj Gin

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    Its light golden-green hue serves as a warning that this is not a gin to be toyed with, and the 55 percent alcoholic volume (110 proof) noted on the label confirms it. Do not confuse this high octane "Blue Label" Old Raj with the 92-proof "Red Label." This is a Scottish original, distilled in Campbeltown and wearing a thick cloak of saffron (hence the color) wrapped around juniper, lime, almond, and licorice. It virtually shines in a classic martini, but can overpower most other cocktails.

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