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Simplicity at its best; that?s Death?s Door Gin

Death?s Door Gin stands for simplicity; its philosophy is to show the world that simple things can also be quite complex. Wild juniper berries from Washington Island and fennel and coriander, both harvested in mainland Wisconsin, are combined to create a gin which is simple yet effective. Wheat from Washington Island is also used in the gin?s production. The island has a very specific climate and so only certain types of wheat can survive there. Hard red winter wheat is the crop of choice for this spirit, which is combined with malted barley sourced from Wisconsin.

Death?s Door Gin was originally intended as an experiment into the agricultural situation on Washington Island. Today, the initiative is a blooming company with its distillery in Wisconsin. It is the largest craft gin distillery in the state and one of the largest distilleries for miles, making more than 250,000 cases annually.

Death?s Door Gin is proud of where it comes from

The gin is named after the passage of water between Door Penisula and Washington Island. Because of the dangerous conditions in this stretch of water, it was named ?Death?s Door? by the Native Americans, who inhabited the area at that time. The name was translated into French by the colonists and thus was cemented in history. The foreboding name stood the test of time and was chosen for the gin, which you can purchase from our online shop.

Sustainability is also at the heart of Death?s Door Gin. Gin production rescued Washington Island and its agriculture. The island?s fields had been left disused for 30 years until 2005 when the experiment began. 5 acres of land were used to produce hard red winter wheat and now, 10 years on, 1200 acres are required to meet demands. Wild juniper is also harvested from the island and used to give the gin its wonderful fragrance. The rest of the ingredients are also sourced locally to keep the distiller?s carbon footprint down.

The gin possess the classic London Dry flavour but isn?t as bitter. This is thanks to the extraction process in place and vodka being used as a base. Death?s Door Gin has a perfectly-balanced taste with a smooth finish. Juniper berries present a beautiful perfume, while the spiciness of the coriander tickles your nose, and the fennel gives the finish a cooling freshness.

The spirit is very versatile and can be used in cocktails and long drinks alike, or even simply enjoyed with ice. If you?re planning to mix it with tonic water, make sure to buy a premium brand, such as Thomas Henry or Fever Tree. Why not try a ?Death?s Door Rouge?? Shake together equal measures of Death?s Door, pomegranate liqueur, and dry red wine, with a little orange juice and some ice. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with shavings of orange peel. Purchase a bottle (or two) today from the Urban Drinks shop and experiment with all the possibilities.

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