D. George Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin

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.

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D. George Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin

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.

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The Taste

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.

Botanicals

Starting in our own back yard, we've looked to the best places around the globe to source the 12 components for our Gin. We've taken classic components of Juniper, Coriander, and local citrus to new heights by adding a touch of chamomile, mint and exotic warm spice elements. We carefully vapor distill each component separately to ensure it tastes the most flavorful. The result is a balanced yet bold expression of Gin that is a pleasure to drink neat and also stands up to flavorful, complex cocktails. Local mixologists call our gin “cocktail perfect” for its balance and versatility.