St George Terroir

As I was researching which gin I might buy next, I stumbled across a list of most underrated gins which has a couple of contenders.

I was intrigued by St George’s three gins, in particular the Terroir variety, which was described as earthy and heavily botanical.

St George is a distillery in Alameda, California.

St George Terroir, front

St George Terroir, back

From the makers:

An ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State.

Terroir is a forest in your glass—with ultra woodsy notes of Douglas fir, California bay laurel, sage, and a hint of citrus.

I expected a bit of earthiness, but this description is an understatement of how much of a forest you’ll be drinking. The most prominent flavor is Douglas fir, which develops a bouquet of tree sap (I am not kidding), and lingers for a long time on the palate.

That’s entirely delightful, not only because it is Christmastime, but also because it reminds me of how much I like to spend time in the forest.

This isn’t the first “piney” gin in my collection, but this one is remarkable in just how much like an American forest it tastes. The European foresty gins I have taste, well, European, and more like needles and much less like sappy wood.

I see a comparative tasting in my future!

Verdict

5 stars

A fascinating gin. Top shelf.