Seattle-based Captive Spirits makes one product and one product alone: gin. Big Gin, actually.
Crafted in the London Dry style 100 gallons at a time and is imbued with nine botanicals: juniper, coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise, angelica, cassia, cardamon, orris root, and Tasmanian pepper berry. Altogether it’s a fairly traditional botanical bill, with only a couple of twists in store.
You get the big one right from the start: Black pepper is fiery on the nose when Big Gin is first poured, making the name apropos. Ample juniper character is evident both on the nose and the body. If you’re looking for a hearty, woodsy gin for mixing with tonic, you won’t be disappointed with your selection here. Tertiary character beyond the pepper and juniper is fleeting, though. Some citrus comes along, orange and a little lemon. If it weren’t so hefty on the juniper front I’d give it a spin in a Casino or Aviation cocktail.
Altogether, Big Gin definitely lives up to its name, though I wanted to see more depth in it, especially on the finish. Try it in lieu of Tanqueray should you find yourself in a position to do so.
Reviewed: Batch #20, bottle #394. 94 proof.
B+ / $29 / captivespiritsdistilling.com
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