No. 209 Gin From San Francisco (750ml)
The nosing passes find generous notes of citrus zest, juniper berry, orris root, licorice, coriander and angelica. The palate entry is bittersweet, intensely grainy and speckled with licorice and orris root; at midpalate the flavor turns delightfully herbal. Finish is decidedly herbal/leafy/seed-like and, finally, bittersweet. An adult gin with an adventurous attitude.
No. 209 Gin is the brainchild of the Rudd family, who own both the Rudd Oakville Estate Winery and the gourmet market Dean & DeLuca. A departure from traditional, juniper-heavy gins, the No. 209 is citrusy, floral and spicy, with a slight minty hint on the mid-palate. Good for cocktails--from a simple martini to the Corpse Reviver (try Spoonbar mixologist Scott Beattie's version posted on distillery209.com with Cocchi Americano Old World Spirit's La Sorciere Bleue).