St George Terroir Gin (750ml)
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St. George Spirits was founded as an eau-de-vie distillery by Jorg Rupf in 1982 and in 1994, Rupf hired brewer and former nuclear scientist Lance Winters to help out. Legend has it that Lance secured the job by submitting a bottle of his homemade whiskey. The two quickly expanded their portfolio of spirits well beyond eau-de-vie and in 2004 they moved their production facility to a 65000 square foot airplane hangar on the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.
St. George Spirits has sinced embraced the spirit of experimentality releasing a number of curious products like spirits made with crab shells, seaweed, and christmas trees. These flights of fancy have informed the recipes for some of their more core products like their gins.
St. George Terroir Gin has a uniquely piney, resinous, and mossy character that very much reminds you of standing in the woods on a warm summer day. The palate is smooth and crisp with lots of citrus and exotic spices but that arboreal flavour persists through to the soft finish.
This is an excellent martini gin but also makes for a wonderfully earthy spin on a negroni.
To underscore the hand-crafted nature of St. George Spirits, it seems worth mentioning that the coriander seeds for their gins are hand toasted in a wok prior to distillation. Their Terroir gin specifically focuses on a number of local botanicals with particular emphasis on bay laurel, douglas fir, and coastal sage. The fir and sage are distilled separately in tiny 250 liter stills, while the bay laurel and juniper are infused in the vapour. The rest of the botanicals that round out the mix are added directly to the main 1500 liter still. The finished gin is then diluted to 25% alcohol by volume and bottled.