Calyx Gin (2015 Edition)
Ascendant Spirits // California, USA
This spirit represents a collaboration of Santa Barbara’s Ascendent Spirits and celebrated wine expert Rajat Parr. The result is a gin that incorporates vinous concepts to the distilled world — for example, the production bares a vintage starting with this inaugural 2015 release and the botanical combination (which incorporates 14 different hand-picked ones) leans toward a floral/ fruit-driven profile reminiscent to the balance found in wine. The botanicals are chosen to show traditional London Dry components with a healthy influence of local California ingredients selected to show the region’s terroir — the French concept of agricultural products showing a sense of place because of their unique growing condition.
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.
"This is a gin that very successfully combines traditional gin flavors (juniper, coriander, and angelica) with some more inventive American West influence (honeysuckle, local mint, and local grapefruit.) Not an easy task. The aromatics show angelica and juniper’s heady medicinal tones with a delicate undertone of citrus peel and spring flowers. The palate is rich and layered with a classic, drying, herbal entry and a complex, long, sweet-fruit driven finish. The fairly high ABV would make this a standout Martini gin cocktail, but the beguiling combination of flavors would sit nicely with a splash of tonic or even just an ice cube."