Natasha Bahrami

The Mighty Mighty North Shore

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With a name like North Shore you would think these gems hale from a sunny beach in California or at least some where with coast. Instead owners Derek and Sonja embarked on their endeavors into the world of Spirits in a city aptly named “Lake Bluff” Illinois and fortunately for us logged in the Midwest, its just a skip and a hop from our own St. Louis roots. (I feel a road trip is in my near future.)

Though their product line is vast for a small Artisan distiller, there are a few key products in their line that fully deserve standout recognition. The Gin Room is especially fond of North Shore Aquavit, Sirene Absinthe and North Shore Mighty Gin.

all-north-shoreGin Room proudly houses North Shore Aquavit, Sol Vodka, Sirene Absinthe, No 11. Gin, No. 6 Gin and the Gin Girl Fav Mighty Gin

When guests ask me about my favorite gin, I immediately tilt my head, eyebrows raised and give them a questioning stare as if to say “you really think its possible to narrow with such an amazing array spirits on the market?” Good-Luck Every Body Else.

North Shore Mighty Gin is one of those gins that I talk up often, but never fear the over sell. This product over delivers every time and appears to wow even my most avid gin drinkers.

Opening the bottle you will get a far different impression of the gin from the nose than on the palate. Crisp citrus on the nose, the palate delivers a smooth zing of cardamom cloves lavender and dry lemon zest with a slight sweetness that softens the spiced body. The gin is a bit thicker, giving a semblance of legs that you might find when sipping your favorite wine. The gin clings to your tongue and spreads a warmth that makes North Shore Mighty Gin one of the select few gins that can be thoroughly enjoyed as a sipping gin or if you like your spirit chilled, placed on one large rock with a twist of lemon peel.

Meet Ethel the Pot Still

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Ethel is a beautiful German engineered Pot Still, who despite her small size (can distill 250 liters or 60 gallons) churns out some distinctly praise worthy spirits. Who says great things can’t come from small packages?

Category: Naval Strength

Tasting Notes: Citrus nose, exceptionally smooth, warm cardamom clove spice and lavender notes on the palate

Proof: 110

Rating: Gin Girl’s Top 15

New Holland Barrel Aged Kickerbocker Lauch at The Gin Room

I say that I’ve always been a Gin girl, but perhaps that isn’t fully true. Never really was a big drinker, but I always had my default drink. A chilled extra dirty martini with olives please! Little did I know that my favorite beverage could get better, until I met my match; a dirty GIN martini!!!! Although I got over the strange look that bartender gave me when I interrogated him about what he did different to make the most delicious martini I had ever had. (Thus far at least) He looked down at me with a puzzled look and said, “Vermouth, olive juice and Gin” My world had been thoroughly rocked. I was officially a Gin Girl.

dirty_martiniBut it wasn’t until I met the beautiful blue Knickerbocker bottle that I realized that my love of Gin went much further. Overall less dry than most London Dry Gins, Knickerbocker has a well balanced array of botanicals that satisfy your cravings and keep you wanting more. Citrus without overwhelming, bright juniper and light floral nose all come together in what I find to be quite a knock out product from Michigan’s New Holland Brewing. This Gin, Knickerbocker, was and always will be my “Gateway Gin!” My love of Gin and the expansion into The Gin Room can all be linked back to one little bottle of Knickerbocker….

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New Holland Brewing Barrel Aged Knickerbocker Gin Launch Party

Tuesday August 5th
6:30 to 8:30
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gin-room-sign-logoBarreled Rebellion : Barrel Aged Knickerbocker with Clock Work Orange!

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with The Gin Girl at the Barrel Aged
Knickerbocker launch at The Gin Room

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