Hailing from Port Chester, New York, Neversink Spirits is what you might call a boutique producer of alcohol, who delivers one of the tastiest gins to ever cross our lips. Whereas before, the brand used a base of 50% apple and 50% grain, it recently switched to a 100% apple base. The result is a supremely nuanced and drinkable gin, which balances a floral mouthfeel with notes of creamy sweetness and warm baking spice. Put simply, this is not your average botanical bomb. By contrast, Neversink Gin exists in a class all its own, and one that opens new doors in terms of what this particular spirit can taste like. Oh, and did we mention how much we love the artisanal label design? Indeed, we’re pretty much nuts about this wonderful gin!
Committed to the utmost tier of quality, Neversink sources its apples from a single orchard in New York state, and then macerates the apple-base spirit with juniper berries for 24 hours. Next, it distills the mash with the following eleven botanicals: juniper, coriander, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, orris root, angelica root, elderflower, fresh orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel. One sip and you can taste the difference, as glorious waves of perfumy rose water roll over the tongue, laced with creamy sugar. It all goes down with remarkable smoothness, packing a touch of spice and virtually no bite. Sip the gin neat or make a classic cocktail like an Aviation, Bees Knees, or dry martini. How do you like them apples? Sorry–had to do it.
Regarding the recent move to a 100% apple base, Neversink Spirits co-founder, Yoni Rabino, said the following: “When we first created Neversink, we wanted to capture the spirit of New York and thought what better way to do that than with apples, one of the great agricultural products of the state. The move to a 100% apple base for Neversink Gin provides a creamier, weightier mouthfeel and greater body as well as a real freshness to this unique spirit.”
Produced in small batches, Neversink Spirits Gin retails for about $45 USD. For all you gin-loving Aussies out there, scoring a bottle might not be easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort.