Two years ago, distiller Lance Winters of St. George Distillery created a gin for whiskey lovers with his Dry Rye Gin, made by infusing an unaged potdistilled rye spirit with juniper berries, black peppercorn, caraway, coriander, grapefruit peel and lime peel. The newly released Reposado version ages for a year and a half in French and American oak, after which it tastes more like a botanically enhanced whiskey. It’s gorgeously fragrant and layered in flavor, transitioning from malt to vanilla, fruit and menthol. It’s terrific in a simple Martini made with equal parts gin and good rosé vermouth, like Imbue’s Petal & Thorn, with an orange twist.
St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA
This story appears in the print issue of Winter 2013.
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