I love trying something new at the bar. Put it in a shot glass and slide it on over, Mr Bartender. That’s what I always say. Only I don’t call the bartender “Mr. Bartender.” That’s absurd. Anyway, yesterday I was over at Café Flora and bar manager (not Mr. Bar Manager) Brian Troxell gave me a sample of the Rogue Pink Spruce Gin.
And now I’m obsessed. Not only because it’s so pretty—I’ll admit to being susceptible to the charms of any bottled luxury that looks vaguely French and involves pink—but I promise you this gin is absolutely delicious. Brian confessed he wasn’t a gin fan (he’s still a very nice person), but that he will drink this stuff on the rocks. And I see why. It was tasty enough served neat, it’s 14 different ingredients (spruce, cucumber, angelica root, orange peel, coriander, lemon peel, ginger, orris root, grains of paradise, tangerine, juniper berries, champagne yeast, grain neutral spirit, and water) march down your palate, one at a time, like a parade of herbal/fruit/spicy goodness.
The color comes from the gin’s six month stint in aged Oregon pinot noir battles, which lends an added dose of fruit flavor.
Also, here’s a fun fact courtesy of our colleagues over at Portland Monthly: Rogue’s Distillery in the Pearl District in Portland offers complimentary tours and tastings. Good to know.