Junipero Gin The Original American Craft Gin 750ML
Wine Enthusiast 91 points  Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points  UBC Chairman's Trophy 100 points  (2)

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Junipero Gin The Original American Craft Gin
Product Information
Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Central Coast
Appellation: San Francisco Bay
Type: Gin
ABV: 49.30%


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$27.99


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Review
Junipero Gin is made by hand in the classic "distilled dry gin” tradition, utilizing more than a dozen botanicals in their natural state, in a small copper pot still at our little distillery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. The history of gin goes back at least to the mid-1600’s in Holland, but its true antecedents are much earlier, those first experiments in the ancient and mysterious art of distilling in the presence of herbs and spices. The predominant flavor and aroma of a modern gin will always come from juniper (dried berries of the "common juniper,” Juniperus communis). But the wonderful challenge for the distiller is in selecting and blending from a wide variety of additional, exotic botanicals in order to impart a uniquely satisfying, balanced character to his gin. At Anchor Distilling we have taken delight in the adventure of researching and experimenting with many such botanicals. Our final formula must remain a secret, but we hope you will agree that we have achieved a distinctive, intriguing complexity in our Junípero Gin: light and crisp and clean, combining a deep and mysterious spiciness with subtle delicacy.

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A CRAFT BEER PIONEER SETS HIS SIGHTS ON SPIRITS The original Anchor Distilling Company was established in 1993 by Fritz Maytag, the same beverage visionary who sparked the craft beer movement with his purchase of Anchor Brewing in 1965. Maytag had rescued the struggling brewery and its iconic steam beer, and after several decades of exclusively producing beer, Maytag saw an opportunity to expand into the distillation of spirits. THE RETURN OF POT-DISTILLED WHISKEY TO THE UNITED STATES Fritz’s vision of a rye whiskey revival was fueled by the bold realization that there were no pot-distilled whiskeys being made legally in America at the time. Finding inspiration in the rye whiskeys of America’s past and the great single malt whiskies of Scotland, Fritz gathered a small team to begin top secret research and experimentation in the distillery. The first whiskey went into barrel in 1994, and the distillery soon began producing three rye whiskeys under Fritz’s guidance, all pot-distilled spirit from a mash of 100% malted rye. Over time, the range of spirits expanded into other categories, with the addition of Junipero Gin and Genevieve genever. The creation of Junipero was particularly significant, as it effectively started the movement towards high-end craft gin in the United States. AN INDEPENDENT DISTILLER TRANSFORMS INTO A PORTFOLIO OF GLOBAL CRAFT SPIRITS In 2010, Fritz Maytag retired and sold Anchor Distilling Company to a business partnership that included Tony Foglio and London’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd. With the sale, Anchor Distilling Company expanded beyond production on Potrero Hill to incorporate importing a collection of super-premium craft spirits from around the world. A NEW CHAPTER AS HOTALING & CO. In 2017, Anchor Brewing Company was sold, and although Anchor Distilling Company was not part of the sale, it relinquished the rights to use the “Anchor” trademark. In early 2018, the new name of “Hotaling & Co.” was announced, a reference to one of Anchor Distilling’s most beloved small batch whiskies and to the San Francisco legend A.P. Hotaling, who came out West during the Gold Rush and quickly became one of the most reputable spirits dealers in the country. Born in 1828, Hotaling moved from New York to California in 1852, where he found his calling in San Francisco as a purveyor of fine whiskies and proceeded to build the largest liquor wholesaler in the West. In San Francisco drinks culture, Hotaling’s name became immortalized when his whiskey warehouse on Jackson Street survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Today, the Hotaling name remains a part of San Francisco drinking culture as the distillery celebrates 25 years of production, a proud tradition that will continue into the future alongside the other core pillars: importing and consumer education.

Wine Enthusiast 91 points - TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 - The 20th anniversary of this robust spirit, the first craft gin distilled in the U.S. after Prohibition was in 2016. The aroma mingles juniper and citrus; the palate also shows plenty of lemon curd sweetness and peppery spice (cubeb, grains of paradise, pink peppercorn), finishing spicy with white peppercorn and coriander seed.  (Dec 2017)

Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - Slightly briney aromas of capers support strong and floral juniper notes. Strong yet pillowy soft on the palate, the juniper forward herbal flavors spread out over the tongue, eventually turning into green apple and citrus zest. - 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge (Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation)