About Russell Henry Malaysian Lime Gin
Master distiller Crispin Cain is a seasoned spirits and wine industry veteran. In 1983 he was moonlighting jobs in Pleasanton in a wine cellar, and on a bottling line, while working with Cooper Laboratories plasma kinetics division during the day. After having settled in Mendocino County, in ’89 Crispin Cain worked as assistant distiller to the brandy master Hubert Germain-Robin for seven years before founding Greenway Distillers Inc. with his wife, partner, and vice president, Tamar Kaye in 2005.
In 2008, he started a second company, Tamar Distillery Inc. which produces Low Gap Whiskey, Russell Henry Gin, DSP 162 Vodka, and Fluid Dynamics Barrel Aged Cocktails. Cain has proved to be quite the wizard on the still, known for delivering award-winning spirits, he has been distilling since way back in 1989.
The award-winning Russell Henry Gin lineup is produced at the Tamar distillery using an old-fashioned double-distillation method that has been used in the production of cognac for over half a century. "Folks ask: another gin? Well, Crispin thought there was a lot of room for improvement by using the finest craft methods. So did Paul Pacult: his Spirit Journal's 2013 list of the world's 120 best spirits, included Russell Henry Gin, 'A stellar example, a new landmark in American gin-making.' " Cain infuses these gins with a secret recipe of rare botanicals, real fruit, and real spices including juniper, coriander, cardamom, orris root, and lemon peel.
Russell Henry Malaysian Lime Gin is made using Russell Henry London Dry Gin. After distillation, the gin is steeped in the leaves and fruit of the limau purut
, a type of lime native to Malaysia. They source the fruit from the exotic orchards of John Kirkpatrick in the San Joaquin Valley. The limau purut
, which is often used in Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine, has a rough, bumpy skin and a robust, slightly tangy flavor. As a result, Russell Henry Malaysian Lime Gin has bold notes of citrus that finish with a soft touch of zesty lemon and lime.
Russell Henry Malaysian Lime Gin has earned the Chairman's Trophy with an incredible 94 points and "Excellent, Highly Recommended" at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020.
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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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