About Asbury Park Distilling Barrel Finished Gin
Asbury Park Distilling is the first distillery in Asbury Park, New Jersey, since Prohibition. It was launched in 2017 by Rob Wile, Zack Ohebshalom, and 4 other partners. Located in the downtown business district, the craft distillery team produces gin, bourbon, vodka, aquavit, and an espresso limoncello, with more expressions planned for the future. Master Distiller Bill Tambussi traveled from Scotland to the US, earning a Master's Degree at the Heriot-Watt University before finally being able to channel his passion into distilling, fulfilling his long-time dream. After working at Philadelphia Distillery, he found his new home in Asbury Park. He is helped by fellow distiller Kelly Lynch, who helps with their German-made custom Carl Artisan still.
They take pride in their logo which perfectly embodies who they are. It depicts a mermaid, flanked by juniper berries and rye stalks, both key components in their spirits. Behind her, you can see The Carousel, an iconic Asbury Park building, while the tentacles and seashell pay tribute to the ocean that lies just a few blocks from the distillery. The mermaid's closed eyes symbolize Asbury Park's "accepting, collaborative, cooperative, and proud" community.
A tasting room is on the premises, offering a wide range of cocktails beside their spirits. As they are legally obliged to sell only alcohol that is produced on-site, it's a great opportunity to taste delicious drinks that are truly made from scratch, which includes all the alcohol, bitters, tonics, syrups, cordials, tinctures, and anything else that makes it into a cocktail. Casey Bowen has been the head bartender since 2017, working his magic into each drink that is served there.
Asbury Park Distilling Gin is distilled from grain and infused with an exclusive blend of botanicals that include juniper, coriander, angelica root, borage, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, and cardamom. Bottled at 86 proof, it wasn't just awarded the coveted Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2021 ― it was named "Best in Class" as well. The Barrel Finished version takes it a step further with finishing in new American oak casks, dialing down the citrus notes and enhancing the herbal flavors.
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According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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