GSN Review: AMASS Riverine Non-Alcoholic Spirit

AMASS, a botanics company recently launched Riverine, a non-alcoholic spirit that captures the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. AMASS is known for its Dry Gin and Botanic Vodka, and now adds to the beverage category by adding an alcohol-free option. In place of alcohol, Riverine uses natural botanicals to deliver the complex flavor profile and unique finish consumers have come to expect from sophisticated spirits.

“Riverine is inspired by the dense coniferous forests of the Canadian Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. The result isn’t a gin proxy, but rather a nuanced, sophisticated spirit in its own right.” says Morgan McLachlan, Co-founder, CPO, and Master Distiller for AMASS.

Riverine contains a regional blend of 14 organic botanicals including Sorrel and Sumac. Each botanical is individually distilled using a proprietary hydrosteam distillation process. Water vapor, instead of alcohol, is used to extract essential oils for a crisp evergreen flavor profile reminiscent of the towering firs and coastal mountains of British Columbia. With its verdant flavors, Riverine can be used in an array of cocktails, or simply sipped over ice with a splash of tonic. A nose of bright Sumac fades to cool mint. On the palate, citrus, Sorrel, and Coriander lend a vibrant piquancy to start, layered with moss and earth. Deep forest notes from Juniper and Parsley linger on the rear palate, as Rosemary imparts a long herbal finish.

Distilled and bottled in British Columbia, Riverine is zero calories, does not contain added sugar, sweeteners, artificial colors or flavors, and is vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AMASS makes alcoholic and non-alcoholic spirits to personal care products including hand sanitizer, hand soap, and bath salts.

GSN’s Thoughts: A light, dry and botanical non-alcoholic spirit, the initial flavor is of evergreen, but this soon fades into poultry cooking herbs and faint citrus. The journey is short, but there is a lasting hint of tannin and fresh mint that goes on for a few minutes. We like the overall character of this spirit, placing it in an herbal gin-like category. It also has some kinship to Gewürztraminer wine. We enjoyed this chilled and neat, but it will also work with a splash of soda water or a gentle pour of high quality tonic water. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: AMASS

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