My home as a young, impressionable teenager was the High Street of Pinner, a beautiful village 20 minutes outside London England. At the very top of the street was a bar where my friend, Bil, bartended. (Ask me about the ghost we saw in the church lawn one night if you come in to the distillery!)
It was here in London that I first tasted Gin and learned the fascinating and important significance of this spirit to the British culture. Crafting a Gin that is both modern and respectful of traditions has been a delicious and fun challenge and I’m excited about the response that Summit Gin is receiving from both seasoned drinkers and younger, new to the scene enthusiasts.
Many of the choices in how to make Gin come from still design. There are great Gins that are compounded with oils, uniquely crafted in Carter stills, Coffey stills or exclusively shaped using botanical baskets. We use a Bain Marie still (indirect heat) and follow an old tradition of multi-day soaking our botanicals at various alcohol concentrations to pull desired oils in to balance. As much fun as it is making Preserve, dumping barrels or blending our Spur – the energy and scents that fill the distillery on the run of this Gin is special.
Provenance for our botanicals is listed below – each is Kosher certified and the best example of the products that we could find. Summit Gin is distilled ten times, kosher and bottled at 90 proof.
Summit Gin available at our distillery.
Juniper Berry Juniperus Communis; Croatia – The heart of Gin flavor
Coriander Seed Coriandrum Sativum; Egypt – This adds a complex pepper flavor to the Gin
Angelica Root Angelica Archangelica Officinalis; France – Aromatic Family (related to celery) – slight licorice note
Cardamom Elettaria Cardamomun; Guatemala – Warm & Spicy with lemony undertones
Ginger Root Zingber Officinale; India – Sharp, Spicy
Orange Peel Citrus Sinensis; USA – Tart, sharp citrus note
Lemon Peel Citrus Limon; USA – Sweet notes with tart finish