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Anchor Distilling Junipero Gin is made by hand in the classic London dry gin tradition, utilizing more than a dozen botanicals in their natural state in a small copper pot still at the small distillery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco, making it the first post-Prohibition craft gin distilled in the United States.
Junipero is not chill-filtered, allowing the botanicals to marry gently and shine through the finished gin, and the higher proof of 98.6 brings forward the flavors in cocktails. The predominant flavor and aroma of a modern gin will always come from juniper, but the wonderful challenge for the distiller is in selecting and blending from a wide variety of additional, exotic botanicals in order to impart a uniquely satisfying, balanced character to the gin. To create the secret proprietary recipe for Junipero, the Anchor Distilling team applied the knowledge gained from 10 years of mixing herbs, spices, and botanicals for Anchor Brewing Company’s annual Christmas Ale.
Anchor Distilling Junipero Gin is a bold gin, the kind that gives your mouth a firm handshake. Juniper bursts onto the palate, laying down a smooth bed, as citrus and floral notes saunter in like they own the place. The end resolves to a tidy finish, with a clean and crisp bite that invites another sip.