About Black Button Citrus Forward Gin
Jason Barrett grew up working alongside his grandfather in a Rochester, New York button factory that his family has owned and operated since 1922. For four generations, the factory has produced high-quality suit buttons worn by "Presidents, Popes, Kings, and businessmen the world over."
After graduating school and working as a business consultant in Washington, DC, Barrett returned to his hometown of Rochester to follow his passion and, at the age of only 24, open up a craft distillery, which is now the first to exist in Rochester since Prohibition. Fittingly, the distillery is named Black Button Distilling — Barrett is colorblind, and his family used to joke that if he were to take over the family business, they’d have to start producing only black buttons.
Specializing in grain-to-glass spirits, Black Button Distillery produces over 1,350 bottles of world-class spirits each week, and every batch is distilled, aged, bottled, labeled, and hand-numbered at the distillery. "We have a big philosophy here that the closer you are to nature, the better," says Barrett. "Higher quality grains grown in specific ways yield better products."
Black Button Distilling Citrus Forward Gin was crafted to work beautifully as a straight-up gin as well as in cocktails. "I’ve always had gin in gin & tonics and would often ask the bartender for extra lime or lemon wedges to tone down the juniper," Barrett says. "When we began crafting our gin, I started with that toned down juniper note and a strong fruit forward taste." Barrett found that opposed to lemon, zesty orange citrus seemed to work best. In addition, Black Button Distilling Citrus Forward Gin uses local hops in its recipe, offering complexity on the nose without excessive bitterness on the palate.
Black Button Distilling Citrus Forward Gin was called the "Official Gin of Summer" in 2015 by
Food and Beverage Magazine.
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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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