Spy Hop Distilled Gin
San Juan Island // Washington, USA
San Juan Distilleries is located on the orca-surrounded San Juan Island off of Washington state’s far northwest coast. A vast array of gins and smattering of other spirits with a clear Pacific influence are crafted in a small pot-still in micro batches. The parts of the revealed recipe proudly boasts an American-West-style with traditional components such as juniper, lemon peel, and anise joined by less common ingredients native to the island like blackberry, wild rose, and lavender.
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.
"Although there are no doubt a long list of botanicals in this gin, the predominant flavor is a bold, spicy smack of cardamom. The seed’s earthy character carries on across the palate and the finish is joined by a bit of fruit and a floral component. This is a far cry from a traditional London Dry with little perceptible juniper, but is recommended for fans of big, bold, heady flavors who aren’t afraid of a bit of spice. Perhaps too flavorful and esoteric for classic cocktails, but would be delightful with tonic or fruit juice."