Captive Spirits' Big Gin
"Big Gin is the fruition of copious test batches," says Ben Capdevielle, the founder and master distiller at Captive Spirits (Capdevielle is a third-generation distiller). "We tested different botanicals, techniques and equipment in order to find the perfect recipe. Ultimately, we concluded that test batch #27 was the old-world, dry gin that we had been searching for." Infused with a blend of nine different botanicals (juniper, coriander, bitter orange peel, grains of paradise, angelica, cassia, cardamon, orris and Tasmanian pepper berry) and distilled through a 100-gallon Vendome copper pot still, the gin has a bold aroma of pine and black pepper, with touches of orange, lemon and juniper on the palate. The gin earned the Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.
"We spent a lot of time tasting gins we admire," says Holly Robinson of Captive Spirits, and "then pulled out their best characteristics, as much as we could. We also spent time individually distilling each botanical and discovering at what temperatures and times the best flavors prevailed. Ultimately, what we are striving to produce is a domestic dry style gin made for people who enjoy the traditional flavor of gin."