A. Smith Bowman Distillery will be releasing three Tinkerman’s Gin expressions in limited quantities; Citrus Supreme, Sweet Spice and Curiously Bright & Complex. A lot of patience and effort has gone into crafting these three gins. Prewitt, who has more than 20 years of brewing and distilling experience, has spent many years tinkering with juniper and a variety of herbs, flowers, spices, fruits and vegetables to create the perfect combinations.
In 2015, the Distillery even installed a brand new copper pot still with experimentation in mind. The still, which is named George after the father of the pioneering Bowman brothers, stands adjacent to Mary, the Distillery’s pot still, and is complete with a reflux onion, optional gin basket, and attached columns with bubble cap trays. These features allow Prewitt to create many different flavor profiles and a variety of spirits, allowing him lots of flexibility for experimentation.
With a mission to create the most refreshing gins on Earth, Prewitt started by creating a remarkably clean base spirit before he began introducing select botanicals. After months of “tinkering” and creating more than 30 different recipe combinations, three separate expressions stood out.
Prewitt created Citrus Supreme using a variety of citrus oriented botanicals, including lemon peel, Spanish orange, lime peel, lemongrass, vanilla bean, elderflower, Italian juniper, coriander and others. This gin was distilled slowly and gently using George’s gin basket. Citrus Supreme is described as being “unashamedly floral on the nose. Complex and inviting with slight peely citrus character. Expect smooth mouthfeel and well-mannered juniper.” This gin is adorned with blue labeling and is gin recipe number 4.2.
Recipe number 6.3, Sweet Spice, was created using a combination of nutmeg, grains of paradise, coriander, American juniper, angelica, wormwood, lemon verbena, orris root and others. This gin underwent a slow distillation with its botanicals macerating for 24 hours in the still. Tasting notes describe this gin as “Confidently aromatic. Delightful rich character draws you in with satisfying warm spice and finishes bold, yet balanced. Wintertime harmony personified.” Sweet Spice is adorned with red labeling.
Curiously Bright & Complex was created using a combination of jasmine green tea, ginger lemongrass, Italian juniper, coriander and others. This gin was distilled slow and gentle using George’s gin basket to macerate its botanicals and extract vapor. This gin is described as being “optimistically exotic and floral on the nose. Wakes up the palate with its fresh, bright attitude. Asian fusion influence inspires a delicate finish.” Curiously Bright & Complex is adorned with green labeling and is gin recipe number 7.4.
All three gins were crafted in small batches on the Distillery’s custom copper still “George” using 100 percent American grain. The label on each bottle of Tinkerman’s Gin lists the botanicals featured in that expression, along with tasting and distilling notes.
These three expressions will only be available in limited quantities. Each expression will be released in 750ml bottles, each at 92 proof at a suggested retail price of $29.99. Tinkerman’s Gin launched initially in the A. Smith Bowman Distillery Visitor Center last fall, and will begin spreading to additional markets beginning in early 2018. For more information visit www.tinkermansgin.com