Distillery Row

Posted: May 29, 2010 by bacchation in Liquor/Liqueur
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After a solid 6 hours of tasting at three separate distilleries in Portland, I am proud to announce that it is hard to write coherent sentences!  After sampling at least 20 different spirits, we have arrived home with 6 of our favorites from 3 top notch operations.  Tomorrow we will be putting out a blockbuster review from all three stops, but suffice it to say, today is a great day to be a Portlander!  Ouzo, absinthe, rum, vodka, gin, whiskey, moonshine, and several infused liqueurs greeted us on the first sunny day in a while, and our hosts were gracious enough to walk us through their operations, giving us tastes from barrels, and directly from the condenser tubes pouring right off of the stills.

As I work to wrap my mind around what just happened, my only regret is that we didn’t take the camera with us, but we do plan to revisit all three houses again in the near future with the mission of documenting the magic that is going on here in Oregon.  It is a great time to DRINK LOCAL!

Now where is my absinthe spoon…

  1. Nothing like a good G&T on a warm Saturday afternoon. So what gin should a good Local Portlander grab onto to?

  2. bacchation says:

    Great question!

    There were three very different gins that we tasted that would all find a great home in a G&T which we will review separately, but here is a fast run down to help you make your decision easier:

    Aviation Gin by House Spirits was the favorite amongst our three regular tasters and both of our guest tasters. A clean gin, it was lower on juniper but had much stronger flavors of coriander and especially lavender. You will be hard pressed to find a more unique flavor (in a good way) than this… if you like lavender, this will likely be the only gin you ever drink again.

    No. 3 from New Deal Distillery is prepping for bottling and release in the next couple of weeks. This was the most traditional style of gin, with 100% of the flavor coming from juniper berries. The flavor was crisp, and for a juniper lover this was the best of the bunch.

    Integrity Spirits has a great liquor in 12 Bridges Gin. This spirit features an easily recognizable infusion of cucumber, which makes it unique and intriguing at the same time. If you ever take your martinis or lemonade with a slice of cucumber and enjoy the result, you would be remiss to try this one.

    Hope that helps narrow the field, and happy sipping!

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