Tru2 Organic Gin was produced by Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery in the late 00’s and early 10’s.
Distilled from a base of wheat, just as the extant Tru Vodka, they were among the first certified organic spirits distilled in the United States.
Tru2 Gin was a bathtub style gin. Fourteen botanicals, including cloves and vanilla bean were macerated in vodka before bottled as is. The process is similar to other “make your own gin” at home kits.
Nose: The scent is only vaguely gin like. Very little juniper.
Flavor: Fennel, anise, cinnamon and clove predominate. As I poured myself a drink I wondered “is there any juniper in here?” Very, very spice forward.
In Gin and Tonic, the herbal combination overwhelms the tonic water.
Because the spices are center stage in Tru2 Organic Gin, this gin does not lend itself well to mixed drinks. Unless you’ve felt your Tom Collins or Gin Fizz was missing the strong aroma of constituent spices, I’d recommend drinking it in a Very Dry Martini.
Overall, Tru2 Organic Gin
Intense spice flavor with a highly aromatic profile, Tru2 Organic Gin ultimately lacks balance— but deserves credit for pushing the envelope in the Gin Renaissance’s early years.