ST. PETERSBURG DISTILLERY
The newest distillery to open in the bay area, St. Petersburg Distillery already has won accolades for its Old St. Pete artisanal vodka, one of four products in its initial lineup. It recently expanded its offerings with a spiced rum, a coconut rum and a mead.
Perhaps the newest distillery to burst onto the scene, this 2015 addition already nabbed a double gold medal for its Old St. Pete artisanal vodka ($39.99) and for Tippler’s 100 percent Florida temple orange cordial liqueur ($21.99) at the recent Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America convention. Director of product development Daniel Undhammar says the initial lineup features four products in the Old St. Pete line: In addition to the vodka, there’s a gin, whiskey and rum. The gin is in a Florida style as well, using the entire citrus (juice and peel) of the state’s oranges, lemons and pink grapefruit (something really only Tanqueray No. 10 has claimed), as well as 13 botanicals such as star anise, green cardamom and coriander seeds in addition to the requisite juniper. The distillery has two copper pot stills reassembled from the 1930s, with cool old-timey St. Petersburg postcards slid into every bottle’s box. The newcomer also has added a mead, a spiced rum and a coconut rum, and a premium corn vodka called Banyan Reserve. Products are just making their way into retail stores now, but St. Petersburg restaurants such as Station House, Sea Salt, Cask & Ale, and Mandarin Hide are pouring them for curious, and thirsty, locals.
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