A name derived from the fact that the distillery is the 209th to be registered in the United States. Quite a feat when you think about it, and an apt name for a gin that has been hailed as one of the finest in the market. Not widely available though as it’s only really come across to the UK recently and has yet to truly establish itself, but that doesn’t stop us from grabbing a head start for when you local bar stocks the new gin in town.
The Rudd family came up with the original idea for No. 209 Gin. after in 1999 Leslie Rudd became the new steward of the old Edge Hill winery. When he was surveying the property, he noticed the faintly visible words “Registered Distillery No. 209” painted above the iron doors of what was being used as a hay barn. Unearthing the rest of the story was the point of inspiration for No. 209 Gin and the historical restoration of Edge Hill. So with a background in wine and fine food, owning a restaurant and the Rudd Oakville Estate Winery, they embarked upon the exploratory research to make ‘the finest possible gin with care and intelligence for people who think about what they drink – a gin that reflects the heritage of small batch hand-crafted distilling but is a unique and modern 21st century spirit.’ Quite a feat to achieve, and they did using a combination of between eight and eleven botanicals including juniper, bergamot orange, lemon peel, cardamom pods, cassia bark, angelica root and coriander seeds.
Using a pot still distillation process to extract the botanicals flavours as they are macerated. The base spirit of Midwestern corn and water from the Sierra-Nevada mountains is four times distilled and after letting the botanicals macerate, it is then distilled a fifth time. Then the heads (beginning) and tails (end) of the distillation are discarded, leaving the heart (middle) to be bottled.
The distillery itself can be located on Pier 50 in San Francisco, meaning that No. 209 is created in the worlds only distillery that is built over water.
So how does this gin that reflects the heritage of small-batch fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –
No, 209 – 46%
Dominant fresh citrus on the nose with light floral aromas following. Slight sweet start with a hint of spice on the palate that develops significantly. Rather warming near the end that creates an incredibly long finish.
A great tipple, and one that can also be enjoyed as the base for a cocktail –
30 ml No. 209
30 ml Campari
30 ml Sweet Vermouth
Combine all ingredients over ice and stir. Shake and strain into a tumbler glass. Garnish with orange peel.
A great find, and one to look out for as I’m sure many bars will be taking full advantage of this brand.
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