Tasting Notes for St. George Botanivore Gin
Aroma: Spicy with fennel, cardamom and orange peels shining through, but sweetness coming from the cinnamon and orange peel balances it out.
Taste: Earthy spices, crystallised ginger and caraway. Lemon and lime peel give it freshness, as does the bay laurel and coriander.
Finish: Cool and refreshing on the palate, like a sweet breeze.
Botanivore, the St. George “botanical eater,” is comprised of 19 different botanicals working in concert. Think of a meadow in bloom—herbaceous, fresh, and elegant.
An American craft gin with big but balanced botanicals, including angelica root, bay laurel, "cilantro" (coriander to you and me), Seville orange peel, star anise and juniper berries, among others. It's like a greenhouse in a bottle.
The wonderful flavours are coaxed out of the ingredients by layering juniper berries, bay laurel, and fresh cilantro in the botanicals basket. The other 16 ingredients are steeped overnight in the pot of a 1,500-liter copper pot still. The next morning, gentle steam heat is applied, and voila, wonderful Botanivore gin is the result.
This "botanical eater" is bright, modern and the most approachable of all St. George craft gins, perfect for fruity and citrusy cocktails.
St. George Spirits was founded in 1982, and has grown from a dedicated eau de vie distillery into a diverse operation that makes a range of craft spirits. They have grown from a one man operation operating a bare-bones production facility with tasting tables jerry-rigged on sawhorses, to a diverse team of individuals passionate about artisan spirits operating a 65,000-square-foot hangar with a spectacular tasting room, laboratory, and a line-up of the most beautiful copper stills in the industry.
That’s a lot to be proud of. But it didn’t happen overnight. They’ve grown slowly over the last 39 years, hiring one person at a time, adding one copper still at a time. They don’t have a marketing team or a big advertising budget. What they do have is passion, ideas, and access to superlative raw materials.
The craft distillation movement has grown with them over the years, and they’ve been joined by hundreds of new distilleries across the country. As the landscape has changed, there’s been a lot of talk about established spirits brands vs. newcomers. Big brands vs. small brands. The way they see it, it’s not that small or big is better. It’s not that new or old is better. Better is better. We wholeheartedly agree.
And with that in mind, they have dedicated themselves to making the best spirits they can.They want to be able to pick their spirits out of a line-up on smell and taste alone because they’re exceptional, and we feel they have succeeded in their goal and the St. George range of spirits are some of the best around. Highly recommended!
Producer St. George Spirits Style American Craft Gin Volume 75cl ABV 45%