GSN Review: Black Button Lilac Gin

Lilac-GinBlack Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first 21st century craft distillery, launched their hand crafted, limited edition Lilac Gin on May 6, 2016, to commemorate the first day of Rochester’s annual Lilac Festival and mark the start of the spring season. Following the overwhelming success of the first limited edition Lilac Gin release last year — all 600 bottles were sold in just 10 days — Black Button Distilling expects to produce a limited edition Lilac Gin each year to mark the start of spring and pay tribute to Rochester’s rich botanical heritage as “The Flower City.”

“The ability to use a unique local ingredient and showcase it in our own way is exactly what Black Button is all about,” said Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling owner/head distiller. “We have received overwhelming feedback from accounts all over the country about our Lilac Gin, and I’m sure if we could produce it year round there would be a market for it,” he said. “But we need to use the flowers at the peak of their bloom – which we can’t do all year.” Black Button’s Lilac Gin is made with hand-picked fresh lilac petals and complimentary botanicals. “This year we made 1,800 bottles and over half of those are already committed to accounts throughout Western NY,” he said.

Black Button Lilac Gin (84 proof)
Visual: Faint violet gemstone.
Nose: Floral sweetness led by a rich juniper nose.  Reminiscent of Choward’s scented chewing gum.  Almost subtly perfume-like.  Unique and intoxicating.
Taste: More florality than on the nose.  It floats above the rest of the botanical sachet and lends a delicate, feminine and somewhat Victorian air to the final product.  Captivating and instantly engaging.
Finish: Short with a final, slightly bitter edge to the finish which clearly delineates the lilac penumbra from the juniper canvas which it covers.
Overall: A truly unique gin that remains simple, despite its one of a kind flavor.  Of many New World reviewed on GSN, this one is top of the class.  A sipping gin on its own, rather than one to mix and subdue with too many other flavorings.  But, try it in a Lime Rickey or Tom Collins if you are looking for something new.  Just remember that this is a highly limited edition and you’ll have to wait another twelve months before you can obtain another bottle once it’s gone!
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Black Button Distilling

GSN Backbar Review: April 27-May 1, 2015

indexNashville, Tennessee-based R.S. Lipman Company is expanding its Old Hickory Great American Whiskey brand with further distribution and a line extension. The 80-proof Old Hickory American Bourbon Blend, named after U.S. President Andrew Jackson, ($29.99 a 750-ml.) was first introduced in the fourth quarter of 2014 and this summer the company will increase production while adding new states for distribution. It is also rolling out a new 86-proof Straight Bourbon ($39.99), which like the blend is made from corn sourced from farms within a 250-mile radius of the Joseph E. Seagram distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

indexRochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling, which produces Corn Whiskey, Citrus Forward Gin, Vodka and Four Grain Bourbon variants, is also set to release a limited edition Lilac Gin (84 proof) to select liquor stores on May 1, packaged in 375-ml. bottles.

indexMoët Hennessy has officially unveiled a new prestige Cognac celebrating Hennessy’s 250th anniversary, Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. Originally reported by SND on March 2, the 250 Collector Blend is a limited edition of about 7,000 cases worldwide. It’s packaged in 1-liter bottles, which are presented in a specially designed gift box and retail at $600 apiece.

indexHillsboro, Oregon’s Big Bottom Distilling has collaborated with two other Oregon distillers for the launch of its first vodka, Big Bottom Starka Vodka. The result of the Oregon Starka Project, which partnered Big Bottom with Bull Run Distilling and Indio Spirits and Distillery, is a 91-proof small-batch vodka that’s finished in oak casks. Each distiller on the project created a variation of Starka, a traditional aged vodka from Eastern Europe, by choosing barrels distinct to each producer for three separate offerings. Big Bottom Starka Vodka is available throughout Oregon in limited quantities from each barrel for $29.95, with batches to be released annually as a seasonal offering.

indexBacardi rum has extended its super-premium Gran Reserva range with the nationwide launch of Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron. Targeted toward the cocktail occasion, Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron is a white mixing rum, double-aged in white oak casks. According to Arvind Krishnan, vice president and brand managing director, rum category for Bacardi USA, the new entry is designed to offer the “versatility of a mixing spirit without sacrificing the characteristics of an aged, super-premium liquid.” Maestro de Ron, which is priced at $24.99 a 750-ml., marks the second entry in Bacardi’s Gran Reserva lineup, joining Gran Reserva Ocho Años.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily