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THL: What is it?
St. George Terroir Gin is a New Western Style gin with a unique flavor derived from Douglas fir, California bay laurel, and California coastal sage.
THL: Why should you try it?
The spirit will cleanse you like a ritual Indian sage burning ceremony. The aroma has an almost briny character, followed by resinous rosemary and a strong hit of sage.
St. George Master Distiller Lance Winters looked to the coastal forests of California for the inspiration and botanicals for his St. George Terroir Gin.
This is a nature lovers gin. One sip will transport you to the untamed wilds of the California coastline with its pungent, earthy flavors. It also has a strong evergreen flavor from the addition of Douglas Fir tips and California bay laurel. The citrus helps to brighten and distinguish each of the woodsy flavors that are married in this herbaceous spirit.
THL: Who makes it?
Founded as an eau de vie distillery 30 years ago by Jörg Rupf (also of Hangar One fame), St. George Spirits was one of the first craft distilleries in the United States. Local Alameda, California ingredients comprise their Bontinavore Gin, and Dry Rye Gin. St. George was also one of the first distillers to make American absinthe.
THL: What does it taste like?
rosemary, citrus, sage
THL: How should you drink it?
Eric Grenier from Luka's Taproom & Lounge in Oakland recommends The Aristocrat:
1-1/2 ounces St. George Terroir Gin
3/4 ounce Cynar
1/2 ounce Dolin Blanc
2 dashes Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with celery leaf.