Gin - Modern
Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
This is a Tier 1 score in the Gin category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
From the press release, Uncle Val's Botanical gin is named for August Sebastiani's "favorite uncle" Valerio Cechetti: a physician, gardener, and chef. The botanicals of juniper, cucumber, lemon, sage, and lavender were common ingredients in his kitchen. We've opted to list this as a modern-styled gin for the presence of cucumber and lavender.
The label is owned and managed by California-based 3 Badge Beverage who appear to source the gin, according to the filing with the federal Tax and Trade Bureau, with Bendistillery of Oregon (indeed, the marketing website brags of Cascade Mountain water).
3 Badge Beverage Corporation (formerly 35 Maple Street and The Other Guys, Inc.) were founded by wine-makers, a 4-generation family-owned business that started a new wine company in 2004 (the original family winery sold in 2008). The company is run by 4th generation descendant August Sebastiani. The name change to 3 Badge took place in 2015 and comprises a wine division (3 Badge Enology) and spirits (3 Badge Mixology).
- This bottle has not been rated by this competition.