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Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Spirits: Russell Henry Dark Gin

The Russell Henry Dark Gin is double distilled, first in a small hybrid pot still and then in a vintage alembic still.

Russell Henry Dark Gin

If ever there was a gin to inspire conversation, this is it: a superbly crafted spirit by Crispin Cain, a Mendocino, Calif., distiller who ages his wheat-based London dry gin for one year in ex-bourbon and ex-brandy barrels. Instead of the typical clear spirit, Russell Henry Dark Gin has a tannish hue and is rich with floral notes and spicy citrus and oak flavors.  

  • The gin is double distilled, first in a small hybrid pot still and then in a vintage alembic still.
  • Botanicals include juniper, coriander, orrisroot, and lemon peel.
  • About 3,000 bottles are produced each year. 
  • To fully appreciate its complexities, drink the gin chilled, straight up, in a martini glass or a tall shot glass—no olives. 

Craft Distillers, craftdistillers.com ($60)

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