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Staff Pick

Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin

Item # 36661 750mL
$44.99/ Single Bottle
$269.94/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

A remarkable artisanal gin made in the heart of Germany's historic Saar wine region. The team at Ferdinand's believe in the terroir of the region and grow a period table of fruits, herbs and botanicals in their gardens that very from batch to batch to match the vintage of Zilleken wine they are infused with. This current release is infused with the 2014 Spätlese and features local juniper, quince, rosehip, sloe berries, hop blossom and rose all contribute to the dynamic flavor profile. On the palate the gin is soft round and luscious at first then bright and spicy with mouth-watering acidity on the finish. This is an instant classic in our book and one we will be keeping on hand at all times. We suggest you do the same.

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Staff Pick Notes

Gin drinkers... we're a funny lot. We have our brand loyalties, traditions, and super specific martini and cocktail preparations. This gin will destroy any preconceived notions of what gin can be. This is a completely original approach made by the Zilliken wine group, which infuses the spirit with their own 2014 Spätlese Riesling and botanicals local to the Mosel wine region. The texture is pillow soft and a touch creamy, while the flavor is more assertive, showing a mix of green tea, chamomile, rose petal, and juniper. The cocktail possibilities are endless, but it stands out on its own. It's not a traditional gin by any stretch, but it's stunning.

- EG

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German wines are some of the most jubilantly fruity bottles in the world. The country's Rieslings have been prized worldwide for centuries, yet they have never quite caught on in the U.S.: this no doubt due to Germany’s arcane system of wine classification. The most useful words to know on German wine labels are “Kabinett,” which indicates an outstanding everyday wine, and “trocken,” which means...

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