GSN Review: High West Campfire

High West, the Park City-based distillery recently announced its Protect the West initiative, a $1 million commitment over the next three years to protect the land and its inhabitants. The announcement coincided with the national release of High West’s seasonal bottle Campfire, one of the brand’s most unique expressions. In honor of Campfire, the first donation will benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the brave few who run towards the fire, including the wildfires increasingly plaguing the West.

Since opening its doors in 2007, High West has witnessed firsthand how the West has been impacted by a rapidly changing climate, resulting in higher temperatures, severe droughts, drier forests and reduced snowpack. Immediately taking note, the brand has donated more than $1M to nonprofits to date, with the majority of those funds going toward organizations protecting the West and its inhabitants. Now, High West is reaffirming and strengthening this commitment to its own backyard. As part of the Protect the West initiative, High West will partner with organizations that share High West’s passion for the West and whose conservation efforts fall into three focus areas: the fight against wildfires, protecting winters and wildland preservation.

“Now is not the time for us to sit on the sidelines. Our home in the West and everything we love about it is in more and more danger every year,” said Daniel Schear, General Manager of High West. “We’re building on our past work with this $1 million commitment to protect the West, and we are excited to work with those who are also passionate about saving this beautiful part of the world we call home.”

The $150,000 inaugural donation will be split between three organizations to support them in their crucial missions. Future donations will be announced over the course of the next three years as High West continues to identify and support organizations striving to Protect the West.

  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation, dedicated to helping the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assisting injured firefighters and their families.
  • Protect Our Winters, a community of athletes, scientists, creatives, and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies to protect our outdoor playgrounds from climate change.
  • American Prairie, creating the largest nature reserve in the contiguous United States by purchasing critical habitat that connects a vast network of existing public lands for wildlife conservation and public access.

In recognition of the Campfire release and to continue supporting the brave protectors who defend us from fires each and every day, High West is donating $50,000 to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and matching consumer donations up to an additional $50,000. The American West is burning more quickly than it has in a decade, and over three million acres of U.S. land – almost the size of Connecticut – have burned so far this year. The donation to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation will directly benefit the families of fallen and injured firefighters, honoring those who tirelessly work to protect our lands.

One of the distillery’s most unique and beloved expressions, Campfire is a blend of scotch, bourbon and rye whiskeys ranging in age from 4-15 years and bottled at 46% ABV.

GSN’s Remarks: A heavy mouthfeel with a lot of body. Spicy, with notes of campfire, roasted coffee, dark caramel and baked apple. Long finish, ending on a bittersweet cocoa note. The blend works well, with all three whiskies working in tandem to create a unique whole. The smoke definitely livens things up and adds a mysterious note. Our favorite whiskey of the week, and for a good cause! GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: High West


GSN Review: Catoctin Creek Ragnarök Rye

Catoctin Creek Ragnarök Rye is a 92-proof intergalactic rye whisky that is pot stilled, then aged in charred new white oak, sugar maple and cherrywood. This year’s bottle includes new and improved collectable metal die cast toppers representing all five band members of GWAR: Blóthar the Berserker; Balsac the Jaws of Death; Jizmak da Gusha; Beefcake the Mighty; and Pustulus Maximus.  

Up to 100 five-packs of Ragnarök Rye featuring a bottle topper of each GWAR band member will be available to order. Each purchase includes a chance to win a guitar signed by the band, a signed barrel head, or GWAR tickets for life. 

The bottle’s new commemorative whisky label also matches the artwork from GWAR’s new album, “The New Dark Ages,” which was released digitally and as a CD, and vinyl and cassette on Sept. 16 via the band’s label, Pit Records. 

Up to 700 cases of Ragnarök Rye (92 proof/46% ABV) are available throughout Catoctin Creek’s national distribution footprint; 300 cases will be on sale in the distillery’s online store for curbside pickup or direct shipping in Virginia only, limited to three bottles per customer. Online orders can be purchased through

GSN’s Remarks: The cherrywood comes through immediately, adding a fruity, cobbler-like character. Very flavorful, but light in body. Curiously, the rye spice is almost subversive to the cherry and sweetness of the sugar maple barrels, coming in only towards the beginning of a long finish. Elements of baking spices, candied nuts, cinnamon toast and brown bread carry through the experience. A very easy to drink Rye that doubles as a great talking piece on your back bar. Now go listen to some GWAR! GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Ragnarok Rye

#ragnarokrye #catoctincreek #gwar

GSN Review: Renegade Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Rum

Renegade Rum Distillery, the terroir-driven rum project based in Grenada, recently announced the August launch of a diverse new selection of four Pre-Cask white rums in the United States. An industry-challenging enterprise from Mark Reynier, the man behind the renaissance of Islay’s Bruichladdich single malt whisky and Waterford Whisky, Renegade Rum seeks to explore the effect terroir, cane variety and distillation style has on the flavor of rum.

The cane plant, rum’s primary raw ingredient, is the natural source of its flavor. Thus the land on which it grows and its microclimate determines its character. With these details in mind, Renegade Rum chose to explore the terroirs of Grenada one location and one farm, at a time – to be shared before cask ageing.

The Renegade Rum Pre-Cask Collection of rums are for spirits connoisseurs to compare and contrast original nuances, but they will also have appeal to those searching for new white spirits to create cocktails rooted in real provenance. So distinct are these cane-derived spirits that the first Pre-Cask Collection of white rums that were available in late 2021 in Europe, have already sold out with the trade and won notable awards, including Best New Rum at Vinexpo, Paris.

Renegade Rum CEO Mark Reynier says, “Even though these are among our first distillates, we have been delighted with their award-winning reception and the fact that we have commenced serious discussions around terroir, traceability and transparency in rum, adds Mark. This is a prelude, of course, to our aged rum – and we look forward to sharing our first serious studies with the world this autumn.”

Note: GSN was sent two samples for review

Single Farm Origin: Hope – On the island’s south-eastern flank, sheltered from the Atlantic Trade Winds by a narrow mangrove belt, stands this distinctive terroir. Bright, iron-red clay & pyroclastic boulders & rich, alluvial soil & its cool, high water table ensures a humid microclimate with lush cane in the driest season. For this rum they harvested the oldest of their varieties, Cain, from Mamo Field, which stands on the terroir known as Boulders. Terroir: Boulders | Variety: Cain | Pot Still

GSN’s Remarks: A fresh, grassy nose with a bright sugar cane patina. Upon tasting, the entry is crisp and warm with a somewhat sweet character, but the cane and water source used to bring the spirit down to proof are the showstoppers here. There is an initimacy and immediacy that carries you to the sunshine of the island. A very long finish leads to a slightly dry and chalky ending. Overall, this is exceptionally elegant, while at the same time authentic to its origins. Great for mixing in rum forward cocktails. GSN Rating: A+

Single Farm Origin: Lake Antoine Upper Crater Lake South – At Lake Antoine, intriguing terroirs wrap around the steep, seaward-facing slopes of a volcanic crater lake, where cane grows on granular Woburn clay loam’s sparse & dry at the summit, deep & rich at the foot’s fully exposed to the desiccating salt-laden Atlantic trade Winds. For this rum they harvested the sucrose-rich variety they call Purple Tallboy from More Field, which stands on the terroir known as Upper Crater Lake South. Terroir: Upper Crater Lake South | Variety: Purple Tallboy | Pot Still

GSN’s Remarks: Somewhat smokey entry, with a deeper, more earthy character. The sweetness is more rounded here, with a mid-palate juiciness, balanced by tight, high notes of vegetal cane. A more introspective rum that has an almost wood-like tannic edge. Quite a different experience from the Hope expression. We would tend to slowly sip this one, or add a splash of cocount water. Again, a fantastic expression that showcases the terroir and hard work that went into creating a gem of a rum. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Renegade Rum


GSN Alert: Garrison Brothers Distillery Announces 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America

Garrison Brothers Distillery, the award-winning first-legal whiskey distillery in Texas, is proud to announce the 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America kicks off on September 1, 2022. The nationwide creative celebration of all things bourbon, will run for the entire month of September, National Bourbon Heritage Month, at participating bars and restaurants.  

From September 1st to September 30th Garrison Brothers Distillery is partnering with America’s best bartenders and chefs, coast to coast, to make the nationwide phenomenon bigger and better than ever. Welcoming anyone of drinking age to toast and taste bourbon-inspired cocktails and bites, tastemakers will showcase their culinary and mixology love for Garrison Brothers bourbon by incorporating the distillery’s bourbon expressions into a unique, limited-time dish and/or cocktail special at their establishment.  

The 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America will take place across the nation across numerous states including but not limited to: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.  

Enthusiasts and newcomers alike are encouraged to download the Garrison Brothers Bourbon Takeover Passport App to find the participating locations nearest them and “check-in”. By checking in and sharing one of the listed locations’ cocktail and/or dish features, participants will be entered to win a prize at the conclusion of the takeover – a custom Garrison Brothers branded barrel head serving tray, mixing glass, stirring spoon and jigger, for the ideal at-home Old Fashioned set up. The more one checks-in, the more chances they have to win. Ten participants with the most check-ins across the country will be selected to win the coveted prize package.  

Notable participants in this year’s Bourbon Takeover of American include: Phoenix Bourbon Room in Phoenix, AZ; The Beehive in San Francisco, CA; The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar in Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda, CA; Porta Via in Los Angeles and Palm Desert, CA; Whiskey Star Smokehouse in Breckenridge, CO; Brick House Tavern & Tap in Tampa, FL; Crazy Uncle Mike’s in West Palm Beach, FL; Rosebud Steakhouse in Chicago, IL; Dive Bar in New York, NY; Blue Corn Harvest in Austin, TX; CBD Provisions in Dallas, TX; Pinkerton’s BBQ in Houston, TX; The Hoppy Monk in San Antonio, TX. The full list of participating locations can be found on the Bourbon Takeover of America official website.  

“Bourbon Takeover of America is one of my favorite times of the year! Nothing brings me more joy than seeing folks from all over the country enjoying our fine nectar of the gods while supporting their local establishments and bartenders. It is such fun for us to see how each establishment across the country puts their own spin on our Garrison Brothers Texas straight bourbon whiskey,” shares Robert Cordes, Chief Marketing Dude, Garrison Brothers.  

In 2021, Bourbon Takeover of America garnered over 5 million impressions across digital and social media platforms resulting in tens of thousands of total clicks. Over 75 bars and restaurants participated and there were over 400 check-ins on the app.  

The 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America media partners include: 7×7; Creative Loafing Tampa Bay; CS Magazine; Culture Map Texas; Gotham Magazine; LA Weekly; Orange Coast Magazine; Palm Beach Illustrated; Palm Springs Life; Phoenix Magazine

The Garrison Brothers Bourbon Takeover Passport App is available for download in the Apple App and Google Play stores. All 21 years of age and older are welcome to participate. 

To find out more about 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America, go to  

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GSN Review: Rum Rubirosa

For generations, the Dominican Republic has produced rums in small batches using artisanal distillation techniques with initial aging in American white oak barrels and finishing in French white oak cognac barrels. At the dawn of the 21st century, Rubirosa’s master blender takes rum in a new, cutting-edge direction through blending.

Rum Rubirosa, was created as a tribute to the famous Dominican diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa, style icon and last great playboy of the 20th century. Among the jet set of the fifties, he was considered the “Most Interesting Man in the World”. Rubirosa was always ready for a cocktail. He played polo, loved women, flew planes, drove race cars, and searched for sunken treasure in the Caribbean. This man about town inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond.

Rum Rubirosa comes in two expressions; a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old.

Rubirosa 4 – GSN’s Remarks: Light body with a somewhat sweet entry, quickly followed by mild spice and medium wood notes. Caramel, vanilla and some tobacco essences work in unison to make for a easy going, and terrific blending rum for cocktails and highballs. GSN Rating: B+

Rubirosa 8 – GSN’s Remarks: The 8-year-old ramps up the sweetness with a somewhat heavy breakfast syrup flavor. Quite sweet and more of a sipping rum overall. The more subtle flavors peek out after a few minutes with cinnamon toast, coffee cake, and candied pecans. We like the chewiness and long, long finish. GSN Rating: A-

We enjoyed each of these expressions in different ways, yet you can easily tell that they are siblings. A welcome addition to the rum world!

For more information go to: Rubirosa Rum




GSN Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Batch Proof 118.4

Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky recently released its 2022 annual limited-edition, high-proof expression – Woodford Reserve Batch Proof. This latest expression is built upon Woodford Reserve’s traditional bourbon mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt. 

Batch Proof takes Woodford Reserve’s standard 90.4 proof and instead offers consumers the privilege of tasting Woodford Reserve in its purest form. The 2022 Batch Proof release is barreled at 118.4 proof. 

“Barrels drawn from the first floors of our heat-cycled warehouses routinely possess lower proof presentations due the more relaxed angel share process found there,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris. “This batch had more of these barrels in its composition, and therefore a lower batch proof presentation than past releases.”

GSN’s Remarks: As with all Woodford Reserve Batch Proofs, this one is solid. Great wood influence along with stellar distillation. Rich, evocative notes of oak, tobacco leaf, young leather, dark toasted bread, baking spices and a hint of apple cider all come together in a cohesive whole. The flavors tone down with a splash of water, but they each retain their prescence. A really nice bourbon that is a welcome addition to the annual WR portfolio. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Woodford Reserve


GSN Review: Ole Smokey Sour Watermelon and Sour Razzin’ Berry

Ole Smoky Distillery is reintroducing its popular sour moonshine flavors, Sour Watermelon and Sour Razzin’ Berry in a new Mini Moonshine Jar. Just in time for the hottest days of summer, the flavors are now available nationwide in 50ML mini size as well as the original, 750ML size.

Sour Watermelon Moonshine – GSN’s Remarks: A boozy “Jolly Rancher” watermelon flavor. Pretty tasty in a candy kind of way. Try this with some fresh squeezed lemonade or as a simple cocktail on its own by keeping a bottle in the freezer and then pouring 5 ounces into a chilled “Martini glass”. GSN Rating: B+

Sour Razzin’ Berry – GSN’s Remarks: This one doesn’t work as well. More like an alcoholic blue sno-cone that misses the mark. An oddly bitter aftertaste lingers much too long, leaving me looking for something to clear my palate. Stick with the Sour Watermelon Moonshine and keep this one on the shelf. GSN Rating: D+

For more information go to: Ole Smokey


GSN Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch #33

Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 is a marriage of high-rye barrels and high-corn barrels ranging in age from 5 to 9 years old. The high-rye barrels were chosen for their distinct stone fruit, black pepper, and nutmeg notes. The high-corn barrels were chosen for their rich butterscotch, coffee, and citrus notes. Two sets of barrels mingled together for two months, then the balance was adjusted for the most optimal combination.

Whiskeys used in this release were distilled and aged in KY, IN and TN. As is custom for the brand, Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 comes bottled at cask strength, 116.6 proof. This follows the recent releases of Barrell Bourbon Batch 32, and Barrell Craft Spirits BCS Gold Label Seagrass.

GSN’s Remarks: It’s an interesting blend for sure. The rye kicks in the top notes from the get go, with the sweetness of the corn spirit filling in the lower mid-range. Peppery with a bittersweet cocoa effect, yet with a mellow edge that offsets the heavy rye character. The aftertaste is very much like a cold-brewed black coffee, which leaves the palate with some bitterness. This release to our reckoning is sharply different than the most recent expressons from Barrell. Somewhat austere, yet with a familiarity that sneaks up on you. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Barrell Bourbon

#BarrellBourbon #BarrellBourbonBatch#33

GSN Review: Stellum Black Rye Fibonacci Blend #1

This release of Stellum Black Specialty Rye celebrates the Fibonacci sequence: a series of numbers, each the sum of the two previous numbers. Six separate rye blends were combined in accordance with this sequence. 

GSN’s Remarks: Sweet and spicy rye greets the palate with a warm wash of caramel tinged goodness. The mouthfeel is very round and semi-heavy mainly due to the eye popping 115.12% proof. Adding some water to bring down the fire, reveals a more tempered spirit with softer notes of nut bread, coffee cake and pecan pie. This is a whiskey that keeps on giving. One sip will not do. To celebrate your bottle, try a few ounces in your next, very special Sazerac. Truly exceptional. GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Stellum

#StellumRye #FibonacciBlend

GSN Review: Stellum Black Bourbon Equinox Blend #1

This inaugural release of the Stellum Black Specialty Equinox was created using Stellum Bourbon. The spirit was slowly layered in rare sets of bourbon barrels, step by step, until the evening of the Vernal Equinox, when the blend was completed in honor of the changing season.

GSN’s Remarks: Coming out of the bottle at a staggering 117.26% proof, this is nonetheless an extremely quaffable spirit. Rich, enveloping sweetness is liberally doused with a heady charred oak profile. There’s a lot going on here with the flavor mix. Baking spices, sweet corn, chewy brown bread, young tobacco, toasted muffin, and light cinnamon all work as a cohesive unit. The finish is long and ends on a toffee note. All in all, another sure-fire winner from Stellum. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Stellum

#StellumBourbon #EquinoxBlend

GSN Review: Royal Ranthambore Indian Whisky

Radico Khaitan Ltd., India’s largest distillery, with over 75 years of distillation experience, recently launched the ‘Royal Ranthambore Heritage Collection-Royal Crafted Whisky’ in the United States. 

Royal Ranthambore is a blended whisky crafted with various blended malt scotches from different geographical regions, made from 100% malted barley and blended with oak infused Indian Grain Neutral Spirit. 

According to Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, “The key to our success is our Rampur distillery, which has earned its prestigious reputation as Asia’s top distillery in producing a wide range of premium beverage alcohol products.”

GSN’s Remarks: Lightly smoked, medium malt sweetness, and a light body. Very much in the style of Indian whiskies. If you’ve never had one, think of a blended Highland Scotch. This is easy going, and the kind of spirit that is good for gentle sipping on a scorching hot day. No need to add ice, this is ready to go. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Radico Khaitan


GSN Review: SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer

SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer was created by award-winning brewery DESTIHL Brewing, and SuckerPunch Gourmet, makers of bolder pickles done differently. Beginning this summer, the new beverage is available for beer and pickle lovers nationwide. The tart, citrusy flavors of a DESTIHL gose ale is combined with the unmistakable zesty, garlicky flavor of a SuckerPunch dill pickle to create a unique flavor experience. SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer is available in a 4-pack of 12oz cans.

Specs At A Glance: Gose ale with SuckerPunch Pickle Brine, 5.2% ABV, IBU: 20. Best served in a Snifter, Tulip, or Oversized Wine Glass. Available year-round at major retailers including Total Wine & More, Binny’s, and more to be announced.

SuckerPunch Gourmet is the maker of pickles, Bloody Mary mix and pickle juice. SuckerPunch’s products are non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan, with no artificial preservatives or allergens. Their pickles are crafted with a signature 11-spice blend without high fructose corn syrup. The brand was founded in 2011 and today, SuckerPunch’s pickle-centric line includes seven traditional and signature pickle jars, three pickle Snack Packs, two Bloody Mary mixes and pickle juice. SuckerPunch Gourmet products are available in 8,000 retail stores across the U.S., including select Whole Foods Markets, Albertsons, Safeway, Sprouts, Shop Rite, Meijer, Publix and more.

DESTIHL opened its gastrobrewpub™ (DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works) in Normal, Illinois, in November 2007, where the company focuses on both artisan food & beers. The company’s original production brewery in Bloomington, IL commenced operations in May 2013, but production was moved to its new 47,000sf Brewery & Beer Hall in Normal, IL, which opened to the public in May 2017.  DESTIHL Brewery combines centuries-old, global brewing traditions and new American craft brewing ingenuity & artisanship to produce a wide array of award-winning beers for every palate.  The result is a diverse offering of intensely flavorful beers that are anything but bland, including its DeadHead® IPA Series, Dosvidanya®, the industry-changing WiLD Sour Series, and many other core beer offerings, like Hawaii Five Ale. The brewery currently distributes its beers internationally and in 37 states, plus the D.C.

GSN’s Remarks: Put aside your preconceptions of what a beer could and should be. This is an entirely new animal. A very dill and vinegar forward beer, it is on one hand curious and on the other similar to a shandy. We weren’t expecting such a blast of dill pickle juice, and as such it was a definite sipper as opposed to a crushable beer. However, that being said, if you love pickles, this works quite well. We would have pulled back on the pickle juice somewhat, as it really dominates the final product. One other side effect (if we may be so bold) is that our burps had an intensely dill character. We tried this as a pickleback alongside a Jameson Black Barrel shot, and it works pretty well, but again the dill is quite strong. Overall, an interesting experiment that won’t work for everyone, but admirable all the same. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Shop Destihl

#SuckerPunchDillPickleSourBeer #Destihl

GSN Review: Kentucky Senator John G. Carlisle Bourbon

Andre Regard (left) and Damon Thayer (right)

Kentucky Senator’s third Bourbon offering, the John G. Carlisle Release, is hitting shelves this summer. This release is labeled after the esteemed U.S. Senator John G. Carlisle because he was a stabilizing force in the liquor industry and a leader of the Bourbon Democrats in Washington D.C. He was a major advocate for the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Aged seven years in oak barrels, this pleasantly sweet Bourbon is 107 proof with a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. 

The limited edition release is available at liquor stores, bars and restaurants throughout Kentucky, with single barrel private selections at Liquor Barn, Party Mart and DEP retail outlets. The John G. Carlisle Release is also available online at and will be featured at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, D.C. It has been distilled and aged in Kentucky, bottled at Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington and is being distributed by Kentucky Eagle Distributing.

“We are featuring the same mash bill as our second bottling, this time aged seven years,” said co-manager Damon Thayer. “As always, Kentucky Senator will be released at 107 proof. We continue our commitment to Kentucky’s fine Bourbon spirit and will continue to deliver superior taste and experience in each pour.”

The Kentucky Senator brand originated from Crigler and Crigler in northern Kentucky. The brand was later distilled and bottled by Double Springs Distillers, Inc. in Bardstown. Today, Kentucky Senator has been given a fresh look thanks to local managers Andre Regard and Damon Thayer. Both men possess a unique background in Bourbon that they bring to the management team of Kentucky Senator Spirits, LLC.  

GSN’s Remarks: Lightly sweet, but with a pop of rye spice, this bourbon fits the mash bill. (Little humor there). Really smooth, but with a nice bite from the oak aging, this is a wood forward bourbon. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, tobacco leaf, brown bread and dried apple mingle together, creating a melange of autumnal flavors. An elegant mouthfeel, this is a wonderful sipper, even at the higher than bottled-in-bond proof. But, add some water or a rock or two to bring the heat down, and it calms into a smooth and friendly libation. This is a great release to seek out for bourbon aficionados. Grab a bottle while you can! GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: KY Senator Bourbon

#kysenatorbourbon #johngcarlislebourbon

GSN Review: Portofino Dry Gin

Portofino Dry Gin was created with a passion for the Italian village of Portofino. 21 botanicals are used, each one selected for their aromatic properties. Juniper, lemon, lavender, rosemary, marjoram, sage, iris and rose are combined with other local ingredients that evoke the taste of traditional Ligurian cuisine. Handpicked in a botanical sanctuary on the hills of Portofino. The region’s unique microclimate allows lush Mediterranean vegetation to grow all year round, and each botanical is ripened by the sea breezes and warm sun of the Italian Riviera.

Produced by an antique Italian distillery, each batch of Portofino Dry Gin is made using a combination of traditional and innovative methods: from an old Italian copper pot still used to distill local liqueur and grappa to a state-of-the- art technology that produces vacuum distillation preserving the aromas from Portofino Dry Gin’s most delicate botanicals.

Distilled and bottled in Italy from Italian wheat alcohol, Portofino Dry Gin is gluten-free and is exclusively made using natural ingredients; without added sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives.

GSN’s Remarks: Warm and bright citrus greet the palate, with a fresh and lively garden-like portfolio of herbs and flowers playing a strong supporting role. The juniper of course takes center stage, with a bracing and pine-like flavor that lasts long in the finish. There are hints of spice that tickle the tastebuds as well, giving this gin a memorable ending. We like this one in fruit forward cocktails and punches. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Portofino Gin