Corsair Artisan Distillery specializes in producing hand-crafted, small production, premium spirits. Using traditional copper pot stills, owners Andrew Webber and Darek Bell produce a few cases from each batch. This labor-intensive and costly approach is a throwback to a time when master blenders, not machines created taste and flavor. Within months of opening their first distillery in Bowling Green, KY, Corsair Artisan Gin was awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco Spirit Competition. The distillery continues to garner awards and a second distillery was opened in 2010 in Nashville. Mavericks at heart, Andrew and Darek blend innovative techniques with traditional distillation methods to create unique, artisanal spirits of distinction.
Corsair Artisan Gin is one of the few remaining gins produced using a gin-head (otherwise known as a carter head or vapor basket). With this method, the flavors and essential oils of the gin’s sustainably grown botanicals are gently extracted using vapor; this yields less bitterness than maceration and results in a more aromatic, cleaner tasting gin.The botanicals used for the Artisan Gin are an unusual mix of traditional and non-traditional aromatics, including juniper, coriander, citrus peels and hyssop. Bottled at 44% alc/vol.
NOSE: Fresh pickled cucumber, citrus, pine.
PALATE: Silky, juniper, vanilla, pepper spice.
FINISH: Medium, vanilla, pepper, rosemary blossom.