Oryza // Louisiana, USA
Donner-Peltier Distillers in Louisiana distills both their Oryza Vodka and Gin from rice. Their gin includes 11 botanicals - juniper, satsuma, lavender, orris root, cantaloupe, coriander, pink peppercorn, angelica root, paradise seed, orange peel, and lemon peel - and is bottled at 48% ABV. Update: Donner-Peltier Distillers, the Thibodaux-based distillery, announced that it will cease operations after Monday, August 27, 2018.
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 gin is a bit shy, with only hints of its advertised scents of cantaloupe and satsuma. Most beguiling is its almost total lack of juniper aroma which is perhaps a nod to America’s new gin order that prefers the exotic over the traditional. The rice distillate comes across as light bodied with some ripe fruit flavors and then a finish that extols peppercorn spice and perhaps a bit of the spirit’s relatively high abv. Drinkable as an innocuous mixer, but ultimately this is a drink not made for gin drinkers."