Jeff Fairbrother and Jason Barrett, of Rochester, New York’s Black Button Distilling are prominent American members of The Gin Guild (full transparency, so am I). Their grain-to-glass philosophy means they source 90% of their ingredients locally from New York State. Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin is an intentionally complex aromatic gin, inspired by the flavor profiles that contemporary gin distillers have pushed forward in the last decade.
Juniper leads the nose, with sweet cinnamon, cassia and cubeb adding a spicy, slightly sweet depth. Very clean and very crisp.
Sipped, the juniper and spice motif is clear throughout the palate.
Initially peppery and gently floral, with hints of pink peppercorns and fir needles. Mid-palate, lemon zest and floral nuance emerges from the background. Towards the finish, Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin settles out with cubeb, aniseed, black pepper and a general spicy warmth.
As with many other bold gins, Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin will come through boldly in a lot of cocktails. However, mixing with it was surprising. The flavors across the board were very complimentary.
Gin and Tonic was my favorite way to enjoy Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin, but I also thought it was delicious in a Martini with a twist, and mixed with citrus in drinks like the Aviation or Last Word.
Overall, Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin
Jeff Fairbrother has a winner on his hands. Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin is an example of how far the distillery ha grown since 2014. Each gin they release seems better than the last.
‘Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin in my opinion is right up there with their Warden Gin with some of the best American-distilled gins in the world.