Future Gin hails from Southern California, where four women distilled a spirit that combines typical gin botanicals with a few particular to California, some of which are grown in their own backyards. In total, 14 botanicals flavor this gin: juniper, coriander, angelica, black pepper, cassia, fennel, orris, avocado leaves, elderflower, honeysuckle flowers, Meyer lemon peel, grapefruit peel, grains of paradise, and grape leaves.
Bottled at 90 proof, it’s a bit hot on the nose, and shows bright and piney juniper notes along with pepper and citrus. Sipped neat, the flavor is more nuanced than the nose suggests. The juniper is still there, with lots of pine and pepper, but the other botanicals play a bigger role than they do on the nose. Citrus notes come to the fore along with an herbaceous character which was absent on the nose, but which works nicely on the tongue. In a gin and tonic, the quinine joins the botanicals to provide a complex experience, making for more of a contemplative cocktail than a relaxing summer sipper.