Derek George Benham first discovered gin on a summer trip during college to Spain, where he had his first “real” gin and tonic. It was a transformative experience and something he wanted to bring back home. He was determined that the first spirit from Graton Distilling Co. would be the gin he always dreamed of making.
The taste is big, bold and still well-balanced. It touches every part of the palate. Rich, ripe juniper is well-integrated and provides the framework. Citrus and exotic fruit flavors enhance and brighten the botanicals. On the nose, there’s the scent of warm cardamom, baking spices, truffle-like angelica earthiness and floral chamomile notes. On the palate, the full flavors are balanced by sweetness from star anise and creaminess from the orris root. The gin dances on the finish, with a touch of cool mint and peppery spice from the galangal and grains of paradise.
The Graton Distilling Company likes to tinker with their concoctions to coax each spirit into something distinct and undeniably delicious. They begin by carefully selecting the finest grains, fruits and botanicals available then combine innovation with traditional distilling methods to create an exquisitely balanced spirit that speaks for itself.