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What makes Gin, 'Gin'?

As we all know, gin is infused with botanical goodness, and full of flavor. But do you know what exactly goes in to your favorite gin?  We are zooming in on some of the most popular botanicals used in gins.  First up, the Juniper berry. The juniper berry is to gin what grapes are to wine.  Most famously used to give gin its distinctive flavor, so much so that it is required by law to be the core botanical in any drink that wants to call itself a gin.  The aroma and taste of juniper should be the signature note in any gin, both in the nose and on the palate.  Juniper and its super powers have been around long...

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Maturation

After the distilling process, lets dive into Aging and Maturation.  Although these two terms might have you thinking they have similar meanings, they are on different ends of the spectrum. Two teenagers may be the exact same age, but one can be far more mature than the other.  The term age refers to the actual duration of storage, it refers to the process of getting older, which in fairness is the literal meaning, while maturity expresses the degree of which chemical changes occur during storage. Maturing is when a spirit is actually changing and developing over time.  So, a spirit can still age in a glass bottle, but does not mature since it cannot interact with the glass to take...

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What is distilling?

  Getting down to the basics!  We all know and love our favorite spirit and its unique taste, but where does it all start? What is the process and how do we get to the end result?  In this post we will be taking a look at the distilling process and where our spirit comes from.  So first off, we have to start with a fermentation. To make alcohol, you need to ferment something.  For this step you need sugar (from the raw material), water, yeast. The basics of fermentation is introducing the sugars to liquid and yeast. The yeast processes the sugar into alcohol and after some time, there is no sugar left as they have all been consumed...

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Hearing the spirit talk: Part 3 of our Sense Series

Talk about keeping the balance. Its safe to say that most of us are aware that our ears help us to keep our balance through the vestibular system but believe it or not, the ear is also involved in taste.  Before we delve into that marvel, here are a few facts about ears that could greatly impact how you live your life. The smallest bones in the body can be found in the ears; the stapes, the incus and the malleus. Together, they are about the size of a penny.  Your ears never stop working, even when you are sleeping, they are still hearing. However the body has mechanisms to ignore these sounds for sleep and rest unless it alerts...

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See the legs : Part 2 of our Sense Series

Not the label but the legs. That's right. Liquor has legs. What legs you say? Well when you swirl the liquor, whether is be wine or spirit, in the glass, the 'legs' or 'tears' start forming on the side of the glass.  What does this mean? As spirits have a higher viscosity than water, heavier, slower moving legs indicate a higher ABV. Wine's 'legs', when swirled, move a lot quicker as it has a lower ABV than spirits.  Why are these 'legs' important? Legs are very important as they move you through life, but the legs of the spirit also have a journey. These legs can show the old age of the spirit - should it be a matured spirit, the...

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