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.
35 Maple Street is the distilled spirits arm of Calinfornia-Based The Other Guys wine-makers, a 4-generation family-owned business that started a new wine company—TOG—in 2004 (the original family winery sold in 2008). The company is run by 4th generation descendent August Sebastiani.
The label is owned and managed by California-based 35 Maple Street 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).
- This bottle has not been rated by this competition.