12.05 // Indiana, USA
12.05 Distillery commemorates the repeal of Prohibition on December 5. Their gin is produced on a column still in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nine botanicals are used here including hand-peeled grapefruit and cucumber. Currently, Indiana is the only state where the product is available.
Modern GinAlso has been referred to as "Contemporary", "New Western", "New Wave", and "New American". This style is not legally defined. In general, this category of gin, while it does contain juniper, places less of an emphasis on this botanical. Other botanicals not classically used in London Dry gins are often utilized and often highlight botanicals grown in the region the gin is produced. Most produced as either London Dry or Distilled Gins.
"12.05 Gin isn't the bathtub gin of Prohibition, and it isn't a classic London Dry style either. The fruity nose almost makes one think it has a fruit base (it's grain), and the juniper is dominated by the other botanicals. Slightly sweet on the palate and very herbal, it's an unorthodox gin. Though it may not be a good substitute for classic gins, it's an interesting spirit in its own right."