Death?s Door Gin likes things pure and simple
Death?s Door Gin is a simple blend of juniper, fennel, and coriander. The juniper berries are grown on Washington Island, while the fennel and coriander can be found within Wisconsin. Simplicity is at the heart of the brand, which aims to show people just how complex simple things can be. The gin uses special wheat which is grown on Washington Island. Due to the island?s unique conditions, hard red winter wheat was selected to be grown there. This wheat is blended with the botanicals and malted barley from the Wisconsin mainland.
Death?s Door Gin began as an experiment to investigate if it would be possible to restore Washington Island?s agriculture. The initiative was a success and has grown into a real business with a state-of-the-art premises in Wisconsin. Not only is it the largest of its kind in Wisconsin, but it is also one of the largest distilleries in the region, producing more than 250,000 cases per year.
Death?s Door Gin is made from sustainable, local sources
The gin?s interesting name comes from the stretch of water which separates the Door Peninsula and Washington Island. The passage was a common place for shipwrecks due to the dangerous conditions, and so was named ?Death?s Door? by the Native Americans. The name stuck and was borrowed by the gin, which is available for purchase today from Urban Drinks.
Next to simplicity, sustainability is also very important to Death?s Door Gin. Washington Island has been regenerated by the company?s gin production. The island had been previously used for potato farming but the fields were abandoned for 30 years until 2005, when 5 acres were used to grow hard red winter wheat. 10 years later, over 1200 acres are used for growing wheat. The juniper berries are also harvested on Washington Island. Crucial for the gin?s flavour, the juniper berries grow wild across the island and are collected to be used in the gin. Everything is sourced as locally as possible in order to keep the distillery?s carbon footprint as low as possible.
The gin has the full flavour of London Dry but does not possess the same bitterness. This is down to a sophisticated extraction process and the use of vodka as a base. Upon tasting, Death?s Door Gin presents all of its component botanicals in perfect balance. The juniper sets the scene, while the coriander brings a spicy kick to the palate, before the fennel creates a soft finish.
Due to its nature, the spirit can be used in classic cocktails, a dry martini, or simply enjoyed on the rocks. Try a ?Death?s Door Rouge?. Shake together 30ml Death?s Door, 30ml pomegranate liqueur, 30ml dry red wine, and 2tsp orange juice with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with orange peel. Purchase a bottle from our online shop and have fun trying out all the different possibilities.