Understanding the Pacific Northwest's Unique and Approachable Gin


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Made from the delicious and earth-toned juniper berry, our modern account of gin dates back to the first reference in the 13th century. Although Italians have claimed it and the English have fallen in love with it, the origins of gin lie in Holland, reaching back well past the written records. The sudden resurgence in gin’s popularity is partially due to its accessible ingredients and adaptable recipe, but also the out-of-the-box thinking of rising distilleries.

Our Lead Distiller Travis Schoney at Big Bottom Distilling is bringing to life unique styles of the classic spirit with a Pacific Northwest character that showcases the region’s unrelenting pursuit of nature and wide range of floral and botanical bounty that the upper left coast offers.

Ninety One Gin

Coming out of the gate with floral notes and a slightly sweeter-botanical style, the Ninety One Gin is Big Bottom Distilling’s answer to a Pacific Northwest Spring. Aromas of wildflowers and spicy herbs mingle together in one award-winning bouquet. By going against the grain and producing a softer, more approachable gin, the Ninety One is helping to create a Pacific Northwest style of gin to compliment the juniper and citrus of London Dry as well as the sweeter tones of the Plymouth category.

“The Pacific Northwest is one of the most incredibly unique places on Earth, its uniqueness is endless. We have deserts, forests, the Pacific Ocean, and volcanoes. When creating The Ninety One Gin, this was the driving force behind our direction. We wanted to create a product that is as unique as the place it was created.”

~ Travis Schoney, Head Distiller at Big Bottom Distilling

Navy Strength

If you’re looking for power, boldness, and a beautiful balance of botanicals and force, then the Navy Strength is the bottle you’ve been searching for. Packing a proof of 91 and a botanical bouquet that balances floral tones of the expertly-distilled spirit, and rich layers of natural flavors. Spicy orange peel with hints of lemongrass dominates the mouthfeel and mingle play together nicely all the way to the clean, crisp finish. Head Distiller, Travis Schoney, has taken the time to develop a gin that showcases both the power of this classic style of gin as well as the undertones of floral nuances that add depth and character.

Barrel-Finished Gin

The amazing flavors and elements of barrel-finished gins are eagerly being explored by distillers, and the Big Bottom Barrel-finished gin is helping to lead the charge. The choice to culminate the distilling process in wood allows a whole new set of flavors to develop, while elevating the classic characteristics of gin’s juniper foundation.

“Big Bottom Barrel Finished Gin undergoes a solera process with the use of three different woods in our whiskey barrels: Oregon oak, Hungarian oak and North American white oak.”

~ Travis Schoney, Head Distiller at Big Bottom Distilling

It’s also making an impact on cocktail culture, expanding the use of gin into uncharted spirit waters that have been owned by whiskey and brown liquors.

“Barrel-aged gin works better in classics like the Martinez, but works amazingly in cocktails not typically associated with gin, like the Old Fashioned. It really opens up some new options.”

~ Damon Boelte, proprietor of Brooklyn’s Grand Army

The Takeaway

The sudden resurgence in gin’s popularity is partially due to the ever-expanding world of distillers and the boundary-pushing interpretations of the ancient libation. Spirit-lovers across the world can look to distillers to continue to innovate and evolve their processes with new approaches and ingredients.

To put it simply, out of necessity, comes innovation. Gin (and other non-aged spirits) have seen a rise in recent years mostly due to this (in my opinion). Subsequently, Distillers are pushing the boundaries of what has been the status quo for centuries. Creating some very unique spirits, spawning a new wave of sub-categories of Gin.

~ Travis Schoney, Head Distiller at Big Bottom Distilling