Letherbee Vernal 2020 Horseradish Gin
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For this year's Vernal, Letherbee chose to focus on an ingredient that hits close to home and draws on something familiar and grounding, and not commonly associated with gin. In short: Vernal Gin 2020 = Horseradish. Collinsville, Illinois was the source for this batch, and it is considered THE horseradish capital of the world. All the horseradish is from JR Kelly Co. - the country’s largest supplier. Cultivation has centered in Southwestern Illinois which supplies roughly 60% of the world’s total yield. In ancient medicine, horseradish was used as a stimulant and for clearing the respiratory system. It can also ease digestion of rich foods and, when used regularly, can aid in correcting imbalances in the digestive system.
By hand, Letherbee cut down and processed several hundred pounds of the fresh, tough and mangled root to make this year’s batch. Directly from the bottle, the spicy wasabi-like heat is intense, it piques the senses with its mustard-like pungence that tickles the nostrils and taste buds, yet mellows to a round vegetal earthiness when diluted or mixed in cocktails. Try in a Red Snapper (Bloody Mary with Gin) and in Dirty Martini variations.