Rogue Spruce Gin
Couchot, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Evergreen State College in Washington, was a professional chemist for six years before jumping ship to make spirits. Working with a custom-made, 150-gallon Vendome copper-pot still at the Rogue House of Spirits on the banks of the Pacific Ocean, Couchot created Rogue Spruce Gin, the first spruce gin ever made.
The gin is crafted using 11 different botanicals: spruce, cucumbers, angelica root, orange peel, coriander, lemon peel, ginger, orris root, grains of paradise, tangerine, juniper berriesand champagne yeast. The botanicals, blended together without any chemicals, additives or preservatives, give the gin strong notes of cucumber and a hint of citrus.
Rogue Spruce Gin earned the Double Gold Medal at the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Silver Medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Roge Spruce Gin also won the Platinum Medal at the 2012 World Beverage Competition, where it was also named "Best in Show."