From the 86 Company, a group of bartenders, this is a textbook example of the spirit, with plenty of fresh-tasting juniper bracketing gin’s pleasant tartness and citrus sweetness. Designed for mixing, it’s bottled at a higher proof—key for delivering flavor that doesn’t dilute in cocktails—yet the gin is also remarkably smooth straight out of the bottle. Try it in a Southside, the gin version of a Mojito.
Domaine Charbay Distillers, Ukiah, CA
This story appears in the print issue of August 2014.
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