obviously juniper has to be in there by law, fennel, and then we added some celery seed. I only know of one other gin in the world that has celery seed in it. We also use a little sage. So those, with the lemongrass that give us a little bit more of the citrus notes, but it’s a little bit different than just using the grapefruit and lemon peel. So that’s where ours differs from the traditional gin, traditional meaning, lemony dry style. We’re also going to differentiate in that juniper component. Our gins tend to be a little bit softer in the juniper, they’re not really juniper-forward. We went through and tried a lot of gins and the majority of them are either citrus forward or juniper forward. DomiCile: Do you both have a favorite gin cocktail? Michael: Probably not. We have five or six on a regular basis. DomiCile: What is your current distribution radius? Is it just D.C. or are you moving out a little further? John: We self-distribute in the District, and then we have a distributor for Maryland and Delaware. We also deliver gin to Richmond, Virginia. There’s a lot going on in D.C., and sometimes I think a lot of people don’t realize how it’s changing. But that change, I think, is a big part of why we have craft distillers moving in, and as many breweries as we have now. Five or six years ago, people moved to D.C. to go to school or work at the Capitol, and then they were leaving. Now, even if they’re moving here for that, they’re staying after they’re done. So you have more and more people who are willing to invest in D.C. itself and be part of what’s happening here. ‘Oh, let’s open a brewery. Let’s open a distillery. Let’s make cheese. Let’s do the things that you find in all these other great cities, Chicago, San Francisco, New York.’ D.C. is like ‘we can do these kinds of things too, we just haven’t’. So in the last 5 or 6 years, we have, and I think now the rest of the country and the press is like ‘Oh, have you been to D.C. in a while? Because it’s great!’ There’s a lot going on. Walk down 14th street on a beautiful day, have some gin cocktails and some oysters! It’s really an amazing transformation. Follow Aaron on Twitter @kickingcooking, and visit him on the Web at kickingcooking.wordpress.com. 32
Published on Sep 1, 2014
Published on Sep 1, 2014
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