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Wheel House American Dry Gin

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wheel·house / ˈ(h)wēlˌhous, noun: wheelhouse; plural noun: wheelhouses

    1. a part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel. 2. the part of a batter’s strike zone most likely to produce a home run. “Oakland’s closer Street left a fastball in Bonds’ wheelhouse with two outs” 3. a place or situation in which one is advantageously at ease.

Officially it’s definition 1, but I suggest there’s a little a bit of definition 3 here in as well.

In our own <100 Words

Straight from Sacramento City, California, Wheel House Gin is Gold River Distillery’s tribute to the culture of the city and region during prohibition. Enterprising sons and daughters of Gold miners from the Gold Rush weren’t having any of this prohibition business. Taking advantage of the city’s geography, bootleggers used river boats to bring the contraband to the speakeasies of the city. Those brave souls steered their ships from the Wheelhouse, or definition 1. It’s a “grain-to-glass” gin, base from distilled red winter wheat and white wheat on a column still before being distilled with the botanicals.

Tasting Notes

There’s a warm grainy quality noticeable immediately on the nose.

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Brandon’s Gin

Brandons-Gin

Firstly, I apologize for the delay in this review. The fine folks at Rock Town Distillery were so kind as to send me a bottle of their gin. I had promised this review prior to Memorial Day, before some sudden family events. Better late than never, I suppose.

Brandon’s gin comes in a simple and elegant bottle, with the batch and bottling numbers clearly labeled on the top [This particular bottle is from Batch 11].  The botanicals are added via “vapor infusion,” which the distillers say “gives our gin an amazingly fresh aroma and a wonderful taste, without the juniper overpowering the other botanicals. [source]” Though the botanicals are not listed, Brandon’s Gin seems at first sniff/taste seems to be squarely in the “classic” style gin category. But at a closer look, you can see where it stands itself apart in the taste.

The nose of Brandon’s Gin is sweet and a hint spicy as well. There’s a distinct aroma of sweet juniper, but also a hint of warm spice that I can’t quite place. It seems a bit peppery, with a hint of herbal and a note that seems to reference ginger, but only ever so slightly.

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