“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a good gin is in want of nothing else.”
So say the makers of Back River Gin (borrowing from Jane Austen)
Back River Gin is made in a copper alembic still by Keith Bodine in Union, ME. With degrees in Food Science and Oenology from UC Davis, Keith opened wineries in California, Virginia and China before founding Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery in 2005. They now use over 70,000 lbs. of Maine-grown fruit and grain each year producing hand-crafted wines and spirits with a distinctive Maine terroir.
Back River Gin is made in the London tradition with a Maine twist: blueberries. The combination of organic botanicals, sea air, and Maine blueberries give the gin its refreshing taste. Spirit Journal says “The aroma’s unlike any other gin in the world, and better than a whole slew of them… Finishes ultra-clean, amazingly tart and acidic, yet eye-poppingly fresh.” Wine Enthusiast calls it “a creative and sophisticated gin” and a Best Buy.
Maine’s favorite craft gin sports new packaging for 2018. The front label is a deep nautical blue with clean text. The back label reinforces that it’s a contemporary gin Made in Maine. The inside of the back label displays the waterway for the Back River flowing into Hockomock Bay, and it looks great viewed through the front of the bottle.
Based on feedback from bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts, Tamworth Distilling recently tweaked Blue Lion and Von Humboldt’s Turmeric Cordial. Now both are brighter and more flavorful and the ABV was lowered from 40% to 20% — making them ideal cocktail modifiers.
Named for the plant’s distinctive blue dandelion-like flower, and inspired by its history of use in coffee and other beverages, Blue Lion is a different kind of bitter spirit sure to appeal to amaro fans. This liqueur combines the “dark roast” notes of roasted chicory root with rye seeds, cinnamon, dandelion root, and cane sugar for a bittersweet, spicy flavor.
Palette: Chicory Root, Rye Seeds, Black Walnut Leaf, Bitter Orange Peel, Gentian, Cinnamon
Pairings: Works well with brandies and whiskies.
The turmeric root balances bright & warming flavors against a complex backdrop of sweet, woodsy spice and gentle bitterness in this new version of Turmeric Cordial. Bitter orange and ginger exaggerate the turmeric’s fruitiness and the bright, floral-spice bouquet of coriander and cardamom is layered on top. Possesses a mild, golden honey sweetness.
Palette: Turmeric, Ginger, Bitter Orange, Coriander, Bitter Melon, Cardamom, Grains of Paradise, Galangal, Zedoary
Pairings: Works well with aquavit, gin, vodka and whiskies.
April 2, 2018