About Vigilant District Dry Gin
Jos. A. Magnus & Co. distillery was re-established in 2015, but the legacy of Joseph Magnus Bourbon dates back to the 1890s. After Magnus' great-grandson rediscovered an old bottle of his ancestor's whiskey amongst family heirlooms, the idea was hatched to revive the art of finished bourbon. Samples were taken from that 122-year-old bottle and the liquid was reverse-engineered. Joseph Magnus Bourbon is comprised of 12-year-old bourbon from MGP in Indiana and triple-cask finished over several months in Oloroso sherry, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and cognac casks at the Jos. A. Magnus & Co. distillery in Washington, D.C.
Their several bourbon expressions including Joseph Magnus Bourbon, Murray Hill Club, and Cigar Blend Bourbon have racked up countless prestigious awards and gathered quite a fan base. The company then embarked on a quest to make the perfect cocktail gin, arriving at 2 expressions: the Vigilant District Dry Gin and the Vigilant Navy Strength Gin. The Dry Gin is a London-style gin that is bold, fresh, and spicy with minty juniper, sweet marionberry, oro blanco grapefruit, and bergamot orange. It has won a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 3 years in a row: in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
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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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