Without the heavy oak and char qualities of new barrels, the familiar botanical notes of Bimini Gin are enhanced rather than overshadowed. The citrusy notes of hops and grapefruit are intensified with hints of salinity. The juniper upfront mingles with tree fruit in the middle palate and then subsides into a lingering caramel and vanilla finish.
Founded in 2015 and located in a 150 year-old textile mill on the Saco River five miles from the Maine coast, Round Turn Distilling embodies the pragmatism and industriousness of its New England forebears. While the mill once used the waters of the river to power its massive looms, Round Turn uses steam to power its modern, steel and copper still. The still is itself an embodiment of tradition informed by innovation. Built in Etna, Maine, by Trident Stills, it blends the basic principles of the centuries-old pot-still with modern innovations and efficiencies. After all, tradition was once innovation in its time. Founders Kristina Hansen and Darren Case, both Maine natives, returned home from Brooklyn, NY, in 2014 to start Round Turn Distilling. They were drawn by the community of artists and entrepreneurs in Biddeford, a culture very similar to Brooklyn's. Kristina and Darren live for the moments that bring friends and family together, often gathered around a plate or bottle. They hope their hard work will produce quality spirits worthy of sharing those moments.
Bimini Gin uses a neutral base spirit made from non-GMO American corn and distilled four times for exceptional purity. During distillation, the botanicals are separated into groups. Each group is milled, macerated for 2-4 days, and distilled separately. Using a packed column with a dephlegmator, the vapor temperature is closely controlled to maximize Bimini’s herbal notes and creamy texture. Originating in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the water in Bimini Gin comes from the Saco River which flows past the distillery to the Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoying an enthusiastic resurgence in modern cocktail culture, Gin, a.k.a. ‘Dutch Courage,’ was originally touted as a 16th century cure for cowardice and stomach ailments. Arguably the broadest and most dynamic category of spirits in terms of flavor profiles and production styles, Gin is a distilled grain spirit that derives its primary flavor from juniper berries and secondary flavors from a dazzling array of spices, herbs, fruits and botanicals. It is both produced and enjoyed all around the world and is most commonly mixed into cocktails such as the Martini or simply added to tonic water.