Cutler's // California, USA
Although very much part of the west coast’s burgeoning (overflowing?) new wave of gins, the Cutler last name traces itself back to the early 1900s and the dream of starting a bar in a California gold rush town. Now, roughly 100 years later, Ian Cutler crafts a gin in Santa Barbara featuring some of the states famous citrus like Ojai Pixies (a clementine variety) and Goleta Lemons with botanicals like cardamom, elderflower, and jasmine. Currently availability is limited to California.
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 fairly exotic gin with bold aromas of wild orange and floral teas. The palate is rich and round and continues to show sweet citrus and a very light touch of juniper. On continued tasting, subtle notes of licorice and slightly spicy toasted clove also become apparent and compliment the citrusy components. The finish has a nice weight and doesn’t show any heat from its 46 degrees of alcohol. This is certainly a contemporary American-style gin with a low emphasis on juniper, but there are enough other elements to keep the spirit interesting. "