Gin, 'Original Label', Letherbee Distillers
Chicago bartender Brenton Engel first began making moonshine in his basement back in 2007—before, in fact, he even began bartending. His “Illinois Joy” began making the rounds among the city’s chefs and bartenders and soon developed a cult following. Learning to combine flavors behind the bar—particularly the herbs and spices which lend depth to gin—Brenton set up shop as an artisanal distiller, and the newly minted Letherbee label released its flagship gin in the spring of 2012, quickly growing with the addition of other herbaceous and aromatic spirits.
Letherbee’s approach to distilling is guided by a clear set of values. With passion for the therapeutic nature of herbal spirits and a commitment to rejecting any outside commercial influence in favor of creative vision, Letherbee has become recognized across the country for their integrity in both production and philosophy.
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This gin is clear-eyed and crisp with 11 botanicals including juniper, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon alongside other botanicals such as white cubeb berries and lemon & orange peel. The botanicals are macerated in a carefully sourced, neutral grain base that is then distilled using a pot still. A clean and balanced American Gin that fits nicely into its own stylistic space—relying mostly on herbal tones and less on citrus punch—the nose confidently expresses juniper, anise, and fresh timber with a palate of green tea, fresh fennel, and lime skin. Letherbee Original Label gin is non-chill filtered and proofed at a bold 48% ABV.