We last looked at Santa Fe Spirits’ Wheeler’s Western Dry Gin in 2014. Let’s take a quick spin again to see if anything has changed.
As a reminder, the gin is made exclusively using only botanicals that are sourced from within 30 miles of the distillery: white desert sage, Cholla cactus blossoms, osha root, Cascade hops, and local juniper.
This time out, those hops dominate the nose straight away, and from a mile off. The sage, fresh and lush, is close behind. While generally quite grassy, notes of orange rind manage to make their way through on the nose, but only modestly.
On the palate, the hops find some balance by a decent amount of citrus, something akin to squeezing an orange into your beer. The finish feels appropriately desert-like, recalling dried grasses and southwestern spices before finishing on those bittersweet hoppy notes.
B / $30 / santafespirits.com