Clear color. Grainy aromas of sesame and soy sauce, basil, lemongrass and juniper, and fallen citrus with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length apple, cinnamon pastry, chives, and chrysanthemum finish. An interesting nose leads to a satisfying palate in this craft gin.
Ransom Dry Gin is made from a base of barley and rye, which suggests a more grain-forward base than the neutral grain spirit commonly used in a most gin. They suggest looking for "maltiness and hop aromas" on the nose. Their botanicals aim for a traditional dry style with a nod to its Oregon roots:
it includes the requisite juniper, lemon, coriander, angelica, caraway, anise, orris, cardamon and orange with non-traditional botanicals of hops and Oregon marionberry.
Ransom Wine and Spirits is a microdistillery founded in Oregon that bases its spirits on the wine grapes--something that Oregon is becoming increasingly famous for around the world. The company was founded in 1997 by Tad Seestedt with "a fistful of credit cards" and beginning with grappa, brandy, and eau d'vie. To this day the company is committed to organic and "biodynamically produced" fruits. The name "ransom" is a kind of joke to the money necessary to become a small business owner "and the amount of debt owed to banks and other loaning institutions."
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