Crater Lake Gin
Crater Lake // Oregon, USA
Wild juniper berries are picked in the desert of central Oregon and infused after distillation. No other botanicals are used so as to not muddy the aroma and taste of the juniper. The spirit is cut with Cascade Mountain water, but still bottled at a powerful 95 proof.
Compound GinCompound gins are produced by simply taking a neutral spirit and adding juniper extract and other flavor essences (which can be natural or artificial) without the additional step of re-distilling. These gins are often referred to as "Bathtub Gins".
"Christmas is in the air and on the palate as well. A big whiff of evergreen needles that brings you back to chopping down your own tree, and afterwards the scent of honey lemon tea. The palate has an overwhelming taste of pine needles and bitter juniper. The finish is long but it is simply more of the same. Pair this with some tonic or club soda so the bubbles can break up the intensity."