Chicagoland’s Skeptic Distillery is creating a stir in both the spirit industry and in craft cocktail culture. In fact, they’ve completely changed the way that spirits are processed. As far as they know, they are one of only a handful of distilleries in the world producing spirits using cold vacuum distillation technology, and quite certainly the only one doing it in the utterly unique way they do. They began with a healthy skepticism about the traditional copper still system. While based on time-tested methods, the ancient system is relatively expensive, inefficient and space-gobbling. They explored new methods and came up with a curious invention that melds science with craft. The result? A unique, custom-built, continuous-column vacuum distillation system that operates at below room temperature. Their equipment incorporates computer-engineered copper distillation column packing to maximize the copper contact with the distilled spirit, vastly improving purification.
Cold vacuum distillation brings out flavors that are unattainable using the traditional copper still method. In vacuum distillation, the alcohols and aromas are concentrated in the liquid, while the sourness and bitterness are removed. The cold-temperature evaporation process ensures that the uniquely fresh fruity and flowery aromas of the individual botanicals are neither destroyed nor altered by heat. When you taste their spirits, you’ll experience flavors and notes that traditional processing systems have been unable to attain.
Skeptic Gin (90 proof)
Aroma: Very much a juniper forward gin, with lighter essences of more subtle herbs and citrus. Clean, crisp and well appointed.
Taste: More citrus on the palate than is apparent on the nose. This leads into lightly floral and slightly sweet canvas which has a roundness in character. Some peppery and piney notes stay far on the back of the palate.
Finish: Medium-long with a lasting note of juniper.
Overall: It has the character of a navy strength gin, without the fire. One of the few gins that we enjoyed sipping neat. But, this will make for excellent cocktails and punches.
GSN Rating: A+
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