Distillery No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin
Distillery No. 209 // California, USA
Certified by the Orthodox Union, who oversaw the entire production process, Distillery No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin begins as a neutral spirit base (aka vodka) distilled from sugarcane. The secret blend of botanicals includes juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, cassia bark, angelica root, and coriander seeds. The distillery typically includes cardamom in their gin recipes but here they swapped it out for bay leaves sourced from Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley. It's bottled at 46% ABV.
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.
"The sugarcane base creates a spirit with a higher perception of sweetness than most gins including Distillery No. 209’s flagship. In keeping with their house style, juniper elements are played down in favor of highlighting citrus, fresh coriander, and the welcome but uncommon savory flavor of bay leaf and a lingering finish of spicy cinnamon candy. The combined flavors are pleasant, but a bit subtle and would be a good recommendation for fans of New Western gin."