GIN is in!


The Tasting Panel Magazine's Annual GIN-UARY Report

OUR LATEST BACK TO {SPIRITS} SCHOOL SESSION SHOWED WHY THIS WHITE SPIRIT IS ON THE RISE

by Stefanie Schwalb

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our Gin-uary issue than with a wrap-up of the most recent installment of our educational Back to {Spirits} School webinar series. “A New Year for Gin,” which took place in late October, offered a look at the art of gin production, providing intel on its history and methodology as well as modern industry trends. Presented in partnership with the Florida International University Bacardi Center of Excellence and co-sponsored by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co., the session was moderated by SOMM Journal VP of education Lars Leicht and co-host Bacardi Center director Brian Connors, who were joined by five brand representatives bringing a range of gins to market.

Juniper Grove American Dry Gin - Winter Fizz Cocktail Recipe

BENTLY HERITAGE ESTATE DISTILLERY

Nevada may not be the epicenter of America’s distilling scene, but if Christopher and Camille Bently—the ambitious proprietors behind Bently Heritage Estate Distillery—have anything to say about it, that might be poised to change. Located in Minden just east of South Lake Tahoe, the producer sources 100% of its grains from its sister company, Bently Ranch. It then distills and bottles its portfolio in a former creamery built in 1916 that was renovated to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification standards before the brand made its debut in 2019. Comprising five botanicals, its triple-distilled Juniper Grove American Dry Gin is akin to a traditional London Dry gin, with bright citrus and juniper notes. Its Atrium Gin is also triple distilled but skews New World, owing its bold, floral-forward character and hints of grapefruit, lavender, and spice to its profile of ten botanicals. Produced in small batches, it finishes in copper pot stills. Together, the expressions exemplify Bently Heritage’s mission of melding time-honored distilling techniques with a sustainable, terroir-driven approach that highlights the estate’s proximity to the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.