Ransom Spirits was started by Tad Seestedt in 1997 with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards. The name was chosen to represent the debt incurred to start the business – Tad was paying his own ransom to realize his dream. They distill their spirits in a hand-hammered, direct-fired French alembic pot still, making all of the selective cuts by taste and smell, without the use of computers or robots. This labor intensive, traditional method of distillation retains greater aromatic intensity and body from the raw materials they select with such great care. They mash and ferment the base wort on site weekly in small batches, sourcing local and organic grains where possible and incorporating barley grown on their own farm. Their gins include the finest natural botanicals, many of which are Organically grown in Oregon. Fashioned after Holland’s renowned malt wine genevers, Ransom Dry Gin combines the maltiness and hop aromas of the style with a decidedly more intense botanical infusion. The selection of botanicals for this gin was done with tradition in mind, but they also sought to capture the essence of the terroir with the inclusion of the iconic Oregon Marionberry and local hops. The result is a highly aromatic gin with the most compelling attributes of both genever and dry gin styles. We believe speaks meaningfully to its Dutch heritage as well as its Oregon provenance. Excellent for sipping neat, or mixed in a Collins, Improved Holland Gin, Bramble, or Kopstoot. Bottled at 43% alc/vol.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge – 90 points.
NOSE: Aromatic, hops, white flowers, juniper and marionberry.
PALATE: Silky, malt, citrus, cardamom, coriander, juniper.
FINISH: Medium, clean, floral.