About time we drooled over another sip worthy gin from the east coast of West Virginia. Perhaps best known for their bourbon and rye whiskey, I was first introduced to these two gin gems while working at The Gin Joint in Washington, DC.
Smooth Ambler Barrel aged gin oozes sipabilty with caramelized notes and light candied lemon. The distillery allowed us a case at The Gin Room that we continue to covet.
Roasted Barley Gin Old Fashioned
Smooth Ambler Greenbrier gin I slept on for too long. This gin has a rich creamy texture, with spicy notes of lemon pepper. Ideal for Martini’s and in my favorite #Gibson. Wow. Both gins are distilled from corn, wheat and malted barley. Both drool worthy.
Pictured: Roasted Barley Gin Old Fashioned
Sometime you meet a gin and it is serendipity. Over and over.
I had the pleasure of meeting a bottle of the Walter Collective gin after teaching a gin seminar at the American Distillers conference earlier this year. It was passed to me in this beautiful gift set box and looked pretty fancy. Lately packaging has been bolder and bolder in the world of gin and spirits, often without as much care and dedication taken to the contents of the bottle.
A month went by and I finally had a Wednesday afternoon to take a sip and was instinctively happy. Walter Collective gin was definitely in the contemporary gin category but created a distinctive character for itself. Light crisp citrus, cool menthol notes and cardamom that gave body and layering but without overpowering the gin. I was excited to share this gin and that is exactly what I did… straight out of the bottle.
And then we met again, this time at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans; sitting in Arnaud’ French 75 Bar surrounded by gin, monkey lamps and some of my favorite industry socialites. Matt Melaik, founder and grandson of Walter Bade, the inspiration of the Walter collective was to my left and somehow recognized the Gin Girl through the wonderful chaos that is the French Quarter. And again that wonderfully layered gin was passed through our hand and into our martini glasses. A toast to good friends, great gin and outstanding and chance meetings.
Mid Century Modern Vintage Barware and Furnishings Provided by Rocket Century
This Gin is not yet distributed in our area, but I would suggest seeking out a bottle for your personal collection.
Martini and Gin & Tonic worthy.