From the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s setting foot off of the train in Ogden, Utah was often a life changing experience for a transcontinental rail traveler. The train station sat as the root of the infamous Two-bit Street.
“Any man’s desire fulfilled for two bits.” Two-bit/25th Street was a hedonist’s paradise. With no trouble from the law, a man could gamble, drink bootleg liquor, spend time with an unfamiliar lady, smoke opium, or befall a worse fate. Two-bit’s dens of iniquity were all connected in their basements by a network of tunnels. It is rumored that there were miles of them. One can only imagine what activities went on underground.
Touted as “Little Chicago” for years, even Al Capone commented that Ogden was too wild for his tastes. It is from this history that Ogden’s Own Distillery has bottled a spirit with the diversity and uniqueness of Two-bit Street’s past.
Technically a liqueur, Underground is different than most others on the market. A liqueur is defined as having 2.5% added sugar by weight. Yet most liqueurs exceed 20% sugar by weight. Underground uses about half the raw sugar that other brands use. The difference is immediately noticeable as the lower amount of sugar creates a less-viscous, less-syrupy shot. Instead, with Underground, you taste a blend of 33 herbs and spices including cassia, angostura, anise, cardemom, gentian, yarrow, wormwood, mate, guarana, ginseng, molasses, orange oil, lemon oil, spearmint, pure cane sugar, agave and plum.
Ogden’s Own Underground Herbal Spirit (80 proof)
Visual: Dark brown.
Nose: Herbal, with an almost root beer sensibility. There’s a lot going on here, but no one scent stands out.
Taste: An excellent balance between the herbal and the sweet. If you enjoy Ricola lozenges, this is your liqueur. The flavor tantalizes the tongue and has a soothing quality that begs for a second shot.
Finish: Long and delicious.
Overall: One of the better digestifs that we’ve come across. This could be addicting. Grab a bottle and see for yourself.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: Ogden’s Own