Corsair Artisan Distillery specializes in producing hand-crafted, small production, premium spirits. Using traditional copper pot stills, owners Andrew Webber and Darek Bell produce a few cases from each batch. This labor-intensive and costly approach is a throwback to a time when master blenders, not machines created taste and flavor. Within months of opening their first distillery in Bowling Green, KY, Corsair Gin-Head Style American Gin was awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco Spirit Competition. The distillery continues to garner awards and a second distillery was opened in 2010 in Nashville. Mavericks at heart, Andrew and Darek blend innovative techniques with traditional distillation methods to create unique, artisanal spirits of distinction. Corsair Gin-Head Style American Gin is one of the few remaining gins produced using a gin-head (otherwise known as a carter head or vapor basket). With this method, the flavors and essential oils of the gin’s sustainably grown botanicals are gently extracted using vapor; this yields less bitterness than maceration and results in a more aromatic, cleaner tasting gin.The botanicals used for the Artisan Gin are an unusual mix of traditional and non-traditional aromatics, including juniper, coriander, citrus peels and hyssop. Bottled at 44% alc/vol.
Wine Enthusiast – 91 points.
NOSE: Fresh pickled cucumber, citrus, pine.
PALATE: Silky, juniper, vanilla, pepper spice.
FINISH: Medium, vanilla, pepper, rosemary blossom.