Gin - Modern

Calyx Gin

From: California, United States Liquor Review Category: Modern Gin

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93rd Percentile
This score falls in the 93rd percentile of all spirits in the Gin category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2016

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Calyx Gin is a more modern-styled gin using a blend of 14 botanicals: juniper, angelica, coriander, elderflower, ginger, honeysuckle, mint, and grapefruit zest among others. These latter botanicals, in particular, strike us as a particularly floral accent on the traditional London dry style. They mark their gin release by annual edition, remarking that the "flavor profile will differ each year depending on weather and climate." (This is, perhaps, a nod to the collaboration with winemaker Rajat Parr from an industry that prides itself on vintages.)

Calyx Gin was named Best Gin in the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (in a large field of 188 entries).

Ascendant Spirits was founded in Santa Barbara, California in 2011 by Stephen Gertman. They regard themselves as the first (legal) distillery in the county since (the awful and backward times of) Prohibition. They use a 500 gallon small batch copper pot still (as opposed to larger scale continuous column stills), which should appeal to those who like the more subjective and artistic approach to spirits distillation.

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