Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin

ABV:  44%
Appearance:  Light gold
Aroma: Juniper berries jump out immediately on the nose, letting you know this is definitely gin. Lemon zest and citrusy hops take over from there.
Palate: The sustained aromas transition to a spicy, malty rye on the palate. The genever suspicions are confirmed.
Finish: Round texture. Pleasantly elegant, due to spending a few months in oak.

Description

Distilled in the old Dutch colony of Brooklyn from grains grown in New York State, Chief Gowanus is based on an early American recipe for making a version of “Holland gin” out of American rye whiskey. With a little help from Brooklyn’s resident historian of drink, Dr. David Wondrich, they’ve taken their unaged, double-distilled rye whiskey, put it back in a traditional pot still with a few shovelfuls of juniper berries and a handful of Cluster hops (the variety likely to have been in use in 1809, from whence the recipe originates) and run it through a third time. Three months in an oak barrel to smooth it out a bit and the result is gin that, they like to believe, would have brought a smile to the legendary Gowanus, great chief of the Canarsees back in the days when Brooklyn was still Dutch.

Additional information

brand

New York Distilling Company

spirit

Gin

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