27 Apr Liquor.com- Here Are 12 Great American Gins You Should Absolutely Know
THE WEST: ST. GEORGE SPIRITS ($31), DISTILLERY NO. 209 ($30 TO $47), SPIRIT WORKS ($39)
The Bay Area has long been a hotspot for distilling, and that’s particularly the case with gin. Alameda’s St. George Spirits boasts three special bottles in its portfolio, of which the Dry Rye and Terroir are standouts. The Dry Rye has a toasted-banana quality that plays beautifully off its caraway, black pepper and rye notes. The Terroir—which is vapor-infused with botanicals from Marin County’s Mt. Tamalpais—brims with foresty earth, Douglas fir and bay-laurel essence.
Distillery No. 209’s five-times-distilled standard gin is a classic citrusy mixer, with upfront notes of juniper, bergamot and lemon peel, followed by a hint of cinnamon. The distillery also has two French oak–aged Barrel Reserve gins: a fruity Sauvignon Blanc–finished expression and another Cabernet Sauvignon–barreled bottle that smells gently of whiskey but finishes with a touch of spice and red wine.
A bit farther north in Sebastopol, Spirit Works distills its gins from red winter wheat, creating a gently sweet offering that’s classic-tasting in its standard bottling (lots of bright juniper and coriander) and round with toasted spice in its barrel-aged expression.