Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pacific Distillery

Pin It A couple of weeks ago we went down to my Brother-in-law's business, Pacific Distillery, to help bottle a batch of gin.

Pacific Distillery is one of a handful of micro-distilleries in Washington State. They make small batch, hand crafted Gin and Absinthe using all organic ingredients. How do I know the ingredients are organic? Because we grow some of the Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium & pontica) in our yard. The name of the Gin is Voyager Gin and the Absinthe is Pacifique Absinthe.

Pictures taken with my phone. Display of all the herbs used for the Absinthe and Gin.

Herbs used in Pacifique Absinthe:
Grand Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Roman Wormwood (Artemisia pontica)
Green Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Florence Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare/azoricum)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Herbs used in Voyager Gin:
Lemon Peel (Citrus limon)
Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Orris (Iris germanica)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Orange Peel (Citrus sinensis)
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Green Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

I'm not a great expert on the gin or absinthe because I don't drink. I have tasted the Gin and it has a nice flavor without being too pine tasting. Most gins I have had in the past taste a little too much like liquid christmas tree for my taste. Voyager has a very mild pine flavor with other flavors layered in it. You don't even have to put a lime in a Voyager gin and tonic to make it palatable.

This is the alembic that he distills his liquors in. Cool looking, huh?

My job during the Voyager Gin bottling was to put the plastic foil caps on the top of the bottle after it was filled, corked, and labeled.

The plastic foil caps get heated and shrunk to the top of the bottle next.

If you live in Washington State, you can buy Voyager Gin or Pacifique Absinthe from most Liquor Stores. If your local store doesn't currently carry it, ask about it, they can order it. If you live outside Washington State, there are some mail order companies that you can buy from. Here is a link to some Online retailers that carry both liquors.

If you try either one, let me know what you think.


Sarah said...

Now that looks like a fun day!!! Can you send me your email address, please? I would like to send you your free copy of my mini tote pattern.



Rosy said...

A fun day in all that equipment! If I was there, I could try all those bottles a bit .... Oh my God! serious problems with my liver! Cheers!!

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