Valentine Detroit Distilling Co. 'Liberator' Gin (84 proof)

Valentine Detroit Distilling Co. 'Liberator' Gin (84 proof)

Item Number: 9590

UPC: 0-857318002048

Country: USA
Region: Michigan
Grape(s): Juniper / Coriander / Cardamom / Cinnamon / Bitter Orange / Grains of Paradise / Licorice Root
Type: Spirits - Gin
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 42

Liberator Gin is named after the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber to honor both America’s and especially Detroit’s proud manufacturing history during World War II.

Distillation Process: Valentine Distilling sources a 96% premium neutral ethanol for the base to insure a perfectly clean distillate as the canvass on which the botanicals are highlighted. This neutral grain ethanol is filtered through an activated carbon made from coconut shells and then is used for steeping the botanicals. Small additions of concentrated cinnamon distillate are added to select barrels for blending. The cardamom seeds get rinsed thoroughly to remove all dust and then steeped in water to leach out any bitterness. The same process is repeated for the dry cinnamon and licorice to maximize their pure expression.

The base spirit is diluted to approximately 50% ABV and all nine botanicals are steeped in an 800-liter stainless steel tank. This process lasts 60 hours, and the botanicals are agitated every hour to keep the heavier elements suspended in solution rather than remaining at the bottom of the tank. The steeping ends when nose and mouth determine that maximum flavors have been achieved without any bitter compounds.

Fresh botanicals are placed in the helmet of the pot still to bring out more nuanced flavors through vapor extraction. The steeped distillate is added to the pot where the distillation speed is very fast to maximize the aromatics and then slowed for extracting individual characteristics. The batch is then blended with stored previous batches in order to create consistency for every bottling. Valentine Distilling has the space and ability to back store gin in order to adjust for seasonal variations in the steeping process.

Tasting Notes: Liberator is clear with aromas of peppery cinnamon, honey cardamom pastry, dried citrus, and candied juniper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty medley of citrus, herbal roots, anise, pink peppercorn, and cinnamon bark on the long finish.

Gold Medal and the titles “Best in Class” and “Best in Show” at the American Distilling Institute’s 7th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits

Gold Medal from the International Craft Spirit Awards

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  • Beverage Testing Institute
    Rating: 91 (3/31/2015)

    Gold Medal. Clear color. Lively, spicy, fruity aromas of cinnamon carrot cake, orange custard, spiced apples, and floral herbs with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long juniper jelly, white pepper, honeyed tea, and menthol and chalk finish. A fun, flavorful gin with a focus on cinnamon and spice.