Created in Brooklyn, New York, Breukelen Gin is meticulously handcrafted from locally sourced wheat and a unique blend of botanicals. This balanced, full flavored gin is crisp and clean with hints of fresh rosemary, lemon peel, grapefruit peel and ginger enhancing fresh juniper notes. Although it is ideal for sipping, it also makes an excellent cocktail.
Barr Hill Gin begins with neutral grain spirits distilled from corn. Hand-crushed juniper berries are infused during the last distillation in the botanical extraction still. Raw honey is then added after the spirits come off the still. The hue of each small batch of gin will vary somewhat based on the season's honey—fall honey is a shade or two darker than summer honey. Kosher and gluten free, it's bottled at 45% alcohol (90 proof).
Barr Hill is literally an homage to the classic, juniper-forward style of gin. With juniper berries being only one of three ingredients—neutral spirits and raw honey being the others—Barr Hill is decidedly dry and piney. It has a pale golden/straw hue, a velvety, medium-weight body and the focused aromas of pine, fresh flora, honey and citrus zest. The palate is a no-nonsense, yet beautiful marriage of woodsy juniper and pure Vermont honey. The finish is long, spicy and citric. -Distiller's Notes
Cotswolds Dry Gin has a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals. The expression of this traditional London dry style Gin comes from the maceration of pure juniper, coriander, and angelica root, which has been left for 12 hours to allow the flavour characteristics to fully infuse. Next, a unique botanical mix of Cotswolds lavender, bay leaf, grapefruit, lime, black pepper and cardamom seed are added to a Holstein pot still for distillation before finishing with naturally refined Cotswolds water. The result is a classic well-balanced juniper-led gin with crisp citrus and spice.
Nose: Fresh notes of grapefruit with earthy coriander backed-up by sweet juniper. Soft notes of black pepper with a hint of perfumed Cotswolds lavender.
Palate: Clean, pine juniper spice with fresh grapefruit and coriander seed. A touch of dryness from the angelica root with eucalyptus notes from bay leaf. Subtle lime and lavender.
Finish: Clean and balanced. Juniper, citrus and some cooling notes from bay leaf and cardamom.
This gin is delicious on its own and over ice. It’s robust enough to stand up to tonic and smooth enough to craft the ultimate gin martini. -Distillery Notes
Located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, Greenhook Ginsmiths is a small, artisan distillery owned and operated by Steven DeAngelo. Their custom made copper alembic still has been specially engineered to work under a Mercury Vacuum, which reduces the atmospheric pressure in the still and allows the spirit to be distilled at a lower temperature, producing a cleaner, more aromatic distillate. Produced with a heady mix of New York State Grown Wheat, Tuscan Juniper, Coriander, Chamomile, Elderflower, Citrus, Thai Blue Ginger, Ceylon Cinnamon, Orris Root, and Elderberry, Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin is a crisp, balanced spirit that perfectly complements a variety of cocktails.
Franklin Street Julep
In a julep tin or highball, muddle mint leaves, add ingredients above with crushed iced, stir, add more crushed ice. Garnish with mint leave.
If you're in the market for a spirit that marches to the beat of a different drummer, look no further than Hendrick's Gin, a refreshing, marvelously twisted gin with a unique outlook on things. Self-described as the "world's most peculiar gin," Hendricks exists confidently in a universe of its own making—and we’re all rather fortunate they did.
The brand is produced in the seaside village of Girvan, Ayrshire in the south of Scotland. Its individualism to a large degree is the result of skilled craftsmanship. The gin is crafted from a blend of small batch spirits produced in two types of stills, each of which produce distinctively different styles of spirits. The distillery's small pot still produces a full-bodied, full-flavored spirit with an oily texture and a juniper-forward character. In contrast, the Carter-Head stills extract the aromas and flavors in the botanicals using alcohol vapors alone, yielding a distinctively lighter, more delicately flavored spirit. Blending the two results in a finished spirit unlike all other entrants.
Another significant point of distinction is the composition of Hendricks' botanical mix, a delightfully eccentric blend of juniper, coriander, citrus, witch hazel, cassia bark, Bulgarian rose petals and cucumber essence. After distillation the spirit is diluted to 88-proof with spring water from the Scottish lowlands.
The result is a refreshing break from convention, a gin without a heady blast of juniper on the nose or palate. Hendricks has a lightweight, oily textured body and a prominent cucumber and floral bouquet with light citrus and juniper notes. Despite being relatively high in alcohol, the gin raises little heat on the palate before slowly fading into a slightly spicy, cucumber-laced finish.
Behind every great artisanal gin there is a cadre of dedicated individuals who comprise the very heart and soul of the spirit. Sipsmith Independent Spirits is an excellent example. In 2009, partners Sam Galsworthy, Fairfax Hall and Master Distiller Jared Brown began operating a craft distillery in London, and in doing so became the first copper-pot distillery to open in that city in nearly 200 years. Along with some beautiful, state-of-the-art equipment, they brought a passion for handcrafted gin and the artisanal distilling process. For devotees of classically structured spirits, Sipsmith Gins are a tour de force.
The distillery's standardbearer—Sipsmith London Dry Gin—is produced on a foundation of neutral spirits distilled five times from English barley. The neutral spirits are transferred into the distillery's newest copper pot still dubbed "Patience." A proprietary blend of 10 aromatics and botanicals is added to the still and allowed to steep for 15 hours prior to distillation. The botanical mix includes juniper berries, coriander seed, angelica root, licorice root, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, cinnamon and orange and lemon peels, a traditional cast capable of producing an exceptionally dry gin.
Sipsmith London Dry Gin is big, complex and utterly engaging. The gin has pristine clarity, a satiny textured body and a tantalizing floral, juniper and citrus bouquet. Its aromatics add greatly to the gin's appreciable character. Its warm, silky smooth entry gradually fades to reveal a broad ensemble of dry flavors, including piney juniper followed by zesty lemon, anise and baking spice. It finishes long, spicy warm and absolutely elegant. Aromatic, flavorful and precisely balanced, it's a natural to serve straight up, or in a '50s style Martini.