Prairie Organic Gin
Prairie // Minnesota, USA
A Minnesota operation, Prairie spirits buys corn from local farmers to use as the base in all of their spirits. The corn is grown organically and the farmers employ traditional methods to take care of invasive weeds such as controlled brush fires as opposed to modern pesticides. The leftover grains are used as animal feed for neighboring livestock. The gin is a proprietary infusion of herbs and botanicals.
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.
"Prairie Gin shows classic aromatics of piney juniper and earthy roots over a baseline of toasted grains. The palate is a bit soft, but has the requisite herbaceous to define it as gin. Unfortunately the grain spirit base shows too much sweetness and any of the complexity of the other ingredients is ultimately lost. This would be an okay introduction to the category but gin aficionados should steer clear."