Sep 2, 2021
In this wide-ranging and
pine-scented conversation with Master Distiller Ryan Christiansen,
some of the topics we discuss include:
- How time spent in his father’s hardware store
as a child led Ryan to appreciate taking complicated equipment
apart and bringing people and communities
- What it was like to build Caledonia Spirits
from the ground-up alongside his partner and beekeeper Todd
- Why Barr HIll gin defies categorization as a
London Dry, Old Tom, or New American style gin
- Some thoughts on the finicky and inconsistent
barrel aged gin category, and what makes Barr Hill’s Tom Cat
reserve product such a stand-out example of what a barrel aged gin
could (and perhaps should more often) be.
- Along the way, we cover the tricky business of
understanding where bees have been hanging out, some hints as to
the location of the mythical “juniper extraction curve,” why “hazy
Martinis” are set to be the next big cocktail craze
- And much, much more.
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