Marsh Mokhtari

America’s Gin Renaissance: Chatting with Gray Whale Founder Marsh Mokhtari

By David Tao | September 8, 2023 |

Aspiring distillers have been known to take big risks to get into the industry. For husband and wife team Marsh & Jan Mokhtari, that moment came in 2016, when they sold their house to finance Golden State Distillery and start a new gin brand. After hundreds of batches, they launched Gray Whale Gin with a…

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NB Gin bottles

Review: NB Gin – London Dry and Navy Strength

By Mike Gerrard | July 19, 2021 |

The NB stands for North Berwick, a town on the east coast of Scotland where this distillery is based, adding to the distinguished list of Scottish gin makers like Caorunn, Arbikie, and Crossbill. The company started off with distilling experiments in a home kitchen and now produces a range of gins, rums, and a vodka……

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Stray Dog Wild Gin

Review: Stray Dog Wild Gin

By Mike Gerrard | July 7, 2020 |

As well as some excellent wines, Greece is known mainly for its indigenous spirits like ouzo, raki, tsipouro, and Metaxa. But gin? Not at all. There are only 2 or 3 made in the whole country, and only one currently available in the USA: Stray Dog Wild Gin. The first part of the name is…

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Adam Hannett, the Head Distiller at The Botanist gin, made by Bruichladdich on the Scottish island of Islay

A Visit to Islay’s The Botanist Gin Distillery

By Mike Gerrard | August 23, 2019 |

If you want to get ahead in the distilling business, it seems a good idea is to start as a tour guide. At the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, the Scottish island renowned for peaty malts like Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg, two of the top men both began their careers as tour guides. Adam Hannett, the…

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Bottle of St George Spirits Dry Rye Gin

Review: St. George Dry Rye Gin

By Mike Gerrard | April 15, 2019 |

Rye is far from being a common base for gin, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. Rye was used in early recipes for the drink that became genever, and much Polish vodka has traditionally been made from rye. As gin is made from a neutral spirit, i.e. vodka, rye is a perfectly legitimate…

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