Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
Uncle Val's // California, USA
3 Badge Mixology founder August Sebastiani created Botanical Gin in 2012 to honor his uncle, Zio Valerio. A retired physician, Mr. Valerio is also an avid cook and gardener and uses the plants he grows in his garden to prepare food with. Using the same plants and herbs his uncle would have, August created a gin. Beginning with a neutral grain spirit, five botanicals (juniper, cucumber, lemon, sage and lavender) are then seeped with the spirit and distilled. The gin is bottled at 45% ABV.
Distilled GinThis style of gin takes a neutral spirit and then adds juniper berries and other natural flavorings before it is re-distilled. After distillation, additional flavors (artificial or natural) and sweeteners may be added.
"Cucumber, cucumber, and more cucumber on the nose (did I mention cucumber!?). Once it sits for a while, there is a bit of citrus and then faint juniper. The palate is clean, quite fresh and tasty. Smooth finish with a spearmint/menthol kick. A bit surprising considering all the cucumber. Very different gin indeed. Highly recommend trying it in a classic martini."