Our Gin begins life the same as our Silver Rum with the base ingredients: pale amber Cane Juice Crystals and Real Boiled Brown Sugar. We add these sugars to warm water and mix in a proprietary blend of yeast selected especially for our Silver rum. The yeast will eat the sugar during fermentation and replace it with alcohol. As they create these new molecules they also create much of the aroma and flavor in the spirit. Because our gin is not barrel aged, we want to coax out plush, vibrant, delicate flavors that bring structure to the spirit. After fermentation the liquid is referred to as ‘wash’ and it no longer has sweetness. Instead it tastes of apple blossom, pear and biscuit. It finishes fermentation at about 8% abv.
One of the ways we break with tradition is to ferment for longer at a cooler fermentation temperature. Rum was traditionally a rushed spirit that was fermented at around 105 degrees in 24 hours (whiskey is about 5 days at 80 degrees). When yeast are in such a hot environment they may work more quickly, but they also are more stressed, and they release damaged and unremarkable flavors into the wash. By giving them a perfect home at 78 degrees, we allow them to thrive and produce more desirable flavors. We also ferment for 6 days. Most of the sugar is converted to alcohol in the first 48 hours, but the mingling of the yeast with the wash after this period gives richness and complexity to the spirit, just as it does in whiskey, wine and beer.