Graton Distilling Co. D. George Benham's Sonoma Dry Gin
12 botanicals combine to make this “Sonoma Dry Gin,” some traditional and some a new twist. The usual juniper and citrus lead the way on the nose with a touch of ginger and a whiff of mint in there too. A lot to take in on the palate, with varying citrus fruits, juniper, cardamom, some ginger and mint pops out again. Different take on gin botanicals without being too strange. Kind of a cross between classic London dry and more modern and citrus forward Western styles.
Minnesota 13 Barrel Aged Whiskey by 11 Wells Distillery
Made from a heritage grain developed by a university? We’ve heard this story before, but unlike the J Henry bourbons the heritage grain here is Minnesota 13 corn. It was developed back in the 1880’s for the shorter growing season in the upper midwest. The grain then found popularity with Minnesota’s moonshiners during prohibition which is why 11 Wells chose to bring it back today. A lot of corn on the nose, with a more caramelized note to it, and some baking spice and a dust of oak in the background. On the palate it’s light and buttery with a hint of chocolate and more of that caramel corn. A long, spicy finish rounds things out.
San Matias Tahona Blanco Stone Crushed
Distilled from agaves that were pressed in a traditional stone roller mill. This is a gentler process which preserves the fresher and earthier agave flavors. Lots of cooked agave on the nose, some honey in there too and a kiss of citrus and pepper at the back. Soft and light on the palate with agave nectar, white pepper, and a hint of cooked veggies. Finish is long and rich with some spice and pepper and a touch of honey. Beautiful tequila that holds its own with the biggest name brands.
Stolen Whiskey Aged 11 years
This whiskey starts as an 11 year old corn whiskey from southern Indiana, which then sees a secondary barrel finishing, but not like the other barrel finished whiskies you see. Used barrel staves are slowly toasted over a fire from oak wood. Oak smoke is a subtler smoke than some other woods, and this kiss of smoke really complements the sweeter corn whiskey. A fruit forward nose is backed up by a whisper of smoke and some oak spice. The taste shows more sweet corn with some caramel and a hint of roast coffee. The smoke creeps in on the finish and balances out the sweet oak and corn. Not your typical smoked whiskey, and balanced enough to be an everyday sipper.
North Shore Distillery Mighty Gin Overproof
Home mixologists rejoice! North Shore’s high proof gin is finally available to take home. Mighty Gin is a ramped up version of their classic No. 6 gin that’s bottled at 110 proof. Even with that high proof it manages to keep the signature North Shore balance with plenty of citrus and floral characteristics. The high proof cuts through heavier or sweeter cocktail flavors and mixes and is perfect for flavor-packed classics like the negroni, dirty martini, aviation or French 75.