ESP Smoked Gin
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  • smoky
  • spicy
  • herbs
  • fragrant
  • pine
  • juniper
  • pepper
  • anise
  • botanicals

Empire Spirits Project

ESP Smoked Gin (0.75l, 42%)
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Character Goatson
A new American style Gin with innovative smoked juniper berries for a singular complex palate.

So far, Empire Spirits Project (ESP) is focused on unique Gins. Back in 2012 it all started as a vague idea in the mind of former chef Jake Sawabini. He is the distiller at ESP, and he opened up the business with his co-founders Allan Rothstein, Norman Rothstein, and Thomas DelVecchio in July of 2016. The company is New York born and bred, with offices in Penn Station and distillation in Yonkers — just a bit up-river from Manhattan. Their distinctive black frosted bottles and colorful wax seals hold some of the most unique Gins in the world.

ESP likes to keep the botanical infusions simple and clean, but innovative. ESP Smoked Gin is one of the best example of that ethos. Like all Gins, the botanical infusion starts with juniper. But just like Islay Single Malts smoke their grains with peat, the juniper berries are smoked over applewood. That’s the first time we’ve ever heard of that. The rest of the botanical mix includes peppercorns, caraway, and six other players.

When we first sampled this interesting sipper, the first thing that sprang to mind was that this would be a wonderful substitute for Vodka in a Bloody Mary — and it is. But imagine the impact of that flavor profile in a Dirty Martini. Sounds magical to us.
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Appearance / Color
Clear

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The fragrance is piney and lightly smoky with a definite spicy tingle in the nose.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Taken neat, the palate is rich and complex with the smokiness taking a back seat to the spicy and herbal notes.

Finish
The finish is clean and fresh with a faint, lingering BBQ note.
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What does ESP Smoked Gin taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in ESP Smoked Gin and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

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  • smoky
  • spicy
  • herbs
  • fragrant
  • pine
  • juniper
  • pepper
  • anise
  • botanicals
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
As producers try to develop new styles and flavors of Gin, to push the category and find a niche, the need for trying new methods of extracting flavors, as well as using more unusual botanicals, has grown.

One such way is the vacuum distillation method, when the redistillation of botanicals takes place in a vacuum.
Gin gets its dominant flavour from juniper berries. As with many other spirits, Gin was originally intended to be used as medicine. Yeah right!
It’s a common myth that Gin is a tear-jerker. Of course, drinking too much of it will make you feel awful the next day, but that’s the same with any alcohol.
While juniper-heavy Gin is perfect for your daily G&T, it is also complemented extremely well by tea flavours such as Earl Grey. Try steeping Earl Grey tea bags in Gin for an hour before mixing it with lemon juice and soda for a refreshing tipple. This one gets you additional kudos, so let’s keep it between us.
As with many other Spirits, Gin was originally intended to be used as a medicine—to battle malaria.
How much Tonic is in a Gin & Tonic? The ideal proportions for a perfect Gin & Tonic is one part Gin and two parts Tonic.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
As producers try to develop new styles and flavors of Gin, to push the category and find a niche, the need for trying new methods of extracting flavors, as well as using more unusual botanicals, has grown.

One such way is the vacuum distillation method, when the redistillation of botanicals takes place in a vacuum.
Gin gets its dominant flavour from juniper berries. As with many other spirits, Gin was originally intended to be used as medicine. Yeah right!
It’s a common myth that Gin is a tear-jerker. Of course, drinking too much of it will make you feel awful the next day, but that’s the same with any alcohol.
While juniper-heavy Gin is perfect for your daily G&T, it is also complemented extremely well by tea flavours such as Earl Grey. Try steeping Earl Grey tea bags in Gin for an hour before mixing it with lemon juice and soda for a refreshing tipple. This one gets you additional kudos, so let’s keep it between us.
As with many other Spirits, Gin was originally intended to be used as a medicine—to battle malaria.
How much Tonic is in a Gin & Tonic? The ideal proportions for a perfect Gin & Tonic is one part Gin and two parts Tonic.
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