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Farmer's Botanical Small Batch Organic Gin

Farmer's Botanical
Small Batch Organic


By Robert Plotkin

The process of crafting a remarkable gin is fairly straightforward. You need to begin with the highest quality neutral spirits and then infuse it with an assortment of fresh botanicals. While seemingly uncomplicated, the challenge is to blend the botanicals and aromatics together in such a way as to make the gin smell irresistible and taste delicious and invigorating. That's the tough part.

It's interesting to note that there are fewer brands of world-class gin than there are in any other spirit category, which is testament to the difficulties involved. A quick sniff, sip and swallow of artisanal Farmer's Botanical Small Batch Organic Gin will confirm you can go ahead and place the popular brand on the top shelf.

Handcrafted in Princeton, Minnesota by the Crop Harvest Earth Company, the gin is made on a foundation of neutral spirits distilled entirely from USDA and EU certified organic grain grown in the upper Midwest. The purity of each small batch of this spirit is achieved through column-distillation, which removes the impurities and the unwanted flavors they impart. It is distilled with such skill and efficiency that no carbon treatment or charcoal filtering is required. This leaves the spirit more intact and reduces its carbon footprint, something the owners care greatly about.

The next step is to infuse the neutral spirits with a proprietary blend of botanicals, a mix that includes juniper, elderflower, lemongrass, coriander, and angelica root. It's both the composition of this mix and the impeccable quality of the botanicals and aromatics that ultimately determines the spirit's singular personality. In the brand name the owners pay tribute to the men and women working the four farms who supply them with their organic crops.

If you're looking for a gin with a clean, crisp character and layers of fresh flavor, then look no further than Farmer's Gin. It has pristine clarity, a lightweight, silky textured body and enticing citrus, piney juniper and light floral and herbal notes. The gin becomes increasingly more aromatic the longer it is allowed to breathe, so be patient. Its elevated strength of 46.7% alcohol (93.4 proof) is evident in the lip-tingling entry, which quickly expands filling the mouth with waves of juniper, zesty citrus and a fair amount of baking spice. The finish is long, dry and spicy warm.

This American gem has nearly unlimited creative potential behind the bar. Farmer's absolutely shines when featured in gin-based cocktails, especially a classically proportioned Martini. That said, its depth of character marries well with crisp, premium tonic water.

Farmer's Gin once again proves that consummate skill and the highest quality ingredients combine to yield the finest spirits.