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Green Hat Distilled Gin

July, 2017

We are keeping the momentum of summer going with another debut; our Old Tom Gin. This is a completely new gin for our distillery, changing up our botanical ratios and adding more citrus.

Old Tom is an almost forgotten style of gin, reaching its peak popularity in England during the 1700’s.  If you are familiar with Old Tom gins, you know they are a bit sweeter than dry gins. We dialed down the sweetness in ours and balanced out the sweet with lemon, oranges and grapefruit. Our desire to elevate this 90.6 proof Old Tom to a new level came to us in the form of a barrel. That’s right! We allowed the Old Tom to rest in Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry casks, giving it complexity, depth, and a lovely, golden hue.
 
There is a history to Old Tom gins. The sweetness is rumored to have been a way to cover cheap botanical flavors (not a problem here).  Sometimes a black cat (“Old Tom”) plaque hung from the outside walls of pubs, with a coin slot near a cat paw faucet. The money dropped into the slot signaled the bartender inside to pour a shot of gin into a tube leading back to the cat paw for the customer. Although this primitive gin vending machine sounds really cool, we can luckily sell our Old Tom without the secrecy thanks to the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933. (Thanks again George Cassiday for helping us out with that one).
Now that you’ve read about our newest gin and had a brief history lesson, we would like to officially invite you all to come taste it and grab a bottle for your home bar. We will be throwing the Old Tom release party on August 5th, from 1-4pm. We will offer free tours, free tastings, and happy hour priced cocktails.
Continuing our dedication to support local, we have invited our fellow Ivy City neighbor and outstanding bread maker, Chris of Giradot’s Crumbs Bakery to set up a table to sell his delicious breads and treats. Giradot’s Crumbs pop-up will be selling perfect portions of his specialty bread with accoutrements to enjoy here, as well as, loaves of bread to take home and enjoy while you sip on your new bottle of NCD’s Old Tom Gin.
As always, please visit our Facebook page or other social media to stay up to date on our Old Tom release event. We look forward to seeing our beloved gin lovers!

Today is the day!!! It is ARONIA day!

Make sure you do not miss the release of our Aronia Gin. This is a first for us and for DC.

Sloe style gins are readily available in England, but not so common here in the U.S. John, one New Columbia Distillers owners, gets to enjoy many sloe gins that are brought back from his wife’s London work travels, and wanted to share his enjoyment of this style with DC. Sloe gins nearly disappeared in the States mid-century, so we thought it was time to bring them back. Michael, John, Travers, and Ian spent quite a long time working on the recipe, sampling a dozen bottles of Sloe gins to find exactly what they were trying to achieve, from what was missing from one bottle, to what flavor characteristics really jumped out to them in others.

The Aronia berries give this fruit- forward gin cordial a vibrant red hue; a nod to the more traditional sloe style color. The mouth-puckering aronia, or chokeberry, is a sour berry that is typically used in wines or jams, but we chose to highlight this fruit’s tart character to balance the slightly sweetened end result. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product, and we are very excited to bring DC it’s first distilled Sloe rendition gin cordial. We love all things local; we shop local, we support local, we are a local business, so naturally we reached out to nearby farms to see what fruit could be used, and the recipe just fell into place once we found our ideal berry.

We are extremely proud of the finished product and are eager to share it with everyone on July 15th. 1-4 pm. 375 ml bottles will be available for purchase at the Distillery beginning that day, until it’s all gone. See you soon!

Also, we have a cite on Wikipedia under sloe related liqueurs…pretty cool!

 

 

We are thrilled to bring a brand new gin to the District. After taking a short break from new gins to focus on our Summer Cup, Rye-Whiskey program and Capitoline Vermouths, we wanted to come back to our gin roots with a whole new twist. Distilled from grain to glass, using local Virginia wheat, we put our spin on a traditional sloe gin by also sourcing locally farmed aronia berries.

The Aronia berries give this fruit- forward gin cordial a vibrant red hue; a nod to the more traditional sloe style color. The mouth-puckering aronia, or chokeberry, is a sour berry that is typically used in wines or jams, but we chose to highlight this fruit’s tart character to balance the slightly sweetened end result. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product, and we are very excited to bring DC it’s first distilled Sloe rendition gin cordial. We love all things local; we shop local, we support local, we are a local business, so naturally we reached out to nearby farms to see what fruit could be used, and the recipe just fell into place once we found our ideal berry.

Sloe style gins are readily available in England, but not so common here in the U.S and nearly disappeared in the States mid-century, so we thought it was time to bring them back. Michael, John, Travers, and Ian spent quite a long time working on the recipe, sampling a dozen bottles of Sloe gins to find exactly what they were trying to achieve, from what was missing from one bottle, to what flavor characteristics really jumped out to them in others.

We are extremely proud of the finished product and are eager to share it with everyone on July 15th. 1-4 pm. 375 ml bottles will be available for purchase at the Distillery beginning that day, until it’s all gone. See you there!