“TERROIR” 45% Alcohol
On first whiff, a nostalgic scent of Campfire, Douglas Fir and very intense Pine. It reminded me of growing up in in Northern California and traipsing through the redwood forests after a rainfall.
On second whiff, Christmas tree lot, sticky fresh cut sap.
Third whiff, Stone fruits, the most prominent being Apricot. Black pepper, Cinnamon, Red Hots, Fireballs and Candy Canes. Delicious.
On first sip, it comes in hot but burns off quickly. The fruit is in the front, with a hint of juicy Peach and the return of Apricot. Black Licorice emerges in the middle, with the familiarity of the Douglas Fir returning, and continuing to be the backbone of the Gin along with subtle notes of citrus. On the end, Oregano and Bay leaf show up and do a little dance together.
This is a great sipping gin, if you get down like that.
Recommended Cocktails: Negroni, Martinez and Ramos Gin Fizz
“BOTANIVORE” 45% Alcohol
On first sniff, this Gin is super similar to the Terroir, with the addition of Rose and a lot less Fir, Sap and Red Hots. Lemongrass began to stand out followed by the subtle and dry notes of Potpourri.
This Gin is far more dimensional on the palate than in the nose. A “G” rated version of the Terroir. Residual sugars are the first to greet your tongue, bolstered by hints of Coconut and soft Citrus. Extremely approachable and subtle.
Recommended Cocktails: Pegu Club, Last Word, Aviation
“DRY RYE” 45% Alcohol Rye Base
Out of the gate I smelled Bols Genever and Krogstad Aquavit, very malty, earthy and saturated in Caraway. On second sniff, wet clay evaporating into Orange Flower Water and Cherry blossoms, ending with a strong punctuation of Violets. Fascinating. This Gin went through so many transformation while in the glass. When I came back to it a fourth time, it had become so light, that buried beneath the Caraway and Pine, was something that smelled almost like a Pisco.
The top layer was a crashing wave of Pine, Pepper and a little Allspice. This burned off to reveal subtle characteristics of Pisco (strange I know). The end swung back around surprisingly with a viscous, granular maltiness and wonderfully balanced hops. Funky fresh.
Recommended Cocktails: Gin Sour, Bee’s Knees, Corpse Reviver, Singapore sling
I’d even try it equal parts to Pisco in a Pisco Punch.
End Notes: Well crafted, well balanced, intriguing and a beautiful expression of the left coast.