Gin - Traditional Dry

Far North Spirits Gustaf Navy Strength Gin

From: Minnesota, United States Liquor Review Category: Traditional Dry Gin

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2015

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Gustaf Navy Strength Gin is made from a base of rye grain—an unusual source for the neutral grain spirit of gin but traditional for Polish style vodkas—grown on the family farm. It uses an 11 botanical infusion but each botanical is distilled separately and then blended together at a later point, another unusual and labor-intensive practice designed for precise flavor control. They use juniper, lemon, grains of paradise, fennel, coriander, and meadowsweet among others (all striking us as traditional, London dry style botanicals). Most impressive is the so-called "navy strength" 114 proof where most gin on the market is in the 80s or 90s... a reference to the British navy needing spirits that would still allow gunpowder to ignite if it were spilled on by the spirit.

Far North Spirits was founded in 2013 by Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese. It is a "grain-to-glass" distillery (they style it "field to glass") in that they control every aspect of production from growing the grain, to distillation, to blending and bottling. The name is a reference to the fact that they are the northernmost distillery in the continental United States on the Swanson farm in Minnesota.

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