Conniption Gin & Navy Strength – Durham Distillery NC

Yum.

Conniption Gin

Juniper juicy orange and coriander coat your mouth with the first sip of Conniption American Dry Gin. As you continue drinking spice notes emerge, peppers a bit of cardamom and a fresh lightness smooths out the finish. Cucumber and flowery notes perhaps?

The distillery appears to use a two-step method including individual vacuum distillation of some of the more delicate botanicals.

Durham Distillery Still Images

I added an ice cube and the spicy freshness opened even up more, a bit of a bitter aftertaste when ice was added but nothing a bit of botanical forward vermouth cannot remedy in a perfect martini with a twist.

Trekking on to the Navy Strength Conniption gin, I did a bit of assumption before I opened the bottle. Likely a bit more botanical concentration at 114 proof and hopefully not too much of a bite but as I read through the back of the bottle it seems a slightly different botanical bill was used in the Naval Strength version and I set out to explore. Bartenders love love love higher proof gins done right.  Their base gin is used as a platform, adding caraway, rosemary and even vacuum distilled fig?

Sweet cardamom and pepper on the nose, I got the caraway right away as a massive fan of aquavit, with a soft heat rounding out the finish. Added ice to the mix which didn’t amplify it immediately but as it melted the slight dilution mellowed out the spirit into a rather nice sipping gin.

 

Out of Durham, North Carolina don’t pass up this modern southern treat

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