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Made with the aim of creating something local, delicious and true. Uncork a bottle and taste integrity. Taste passion. Taste Alaska.
We distill 50 Fathoms Gin in the painstaking, Old World, London Dry style and give it a Southeast Alaska twist with hand-harvested local spruce tips, whole juniper berries, cinnamon, and coriander. (That unique citrus finish comes from tangerines grown in our family grove in California; if Alaska was warm enough, we’d grow them here.) The result of this delicious mash-up is a bold yet balanced gin you can enjoy in a spruce tip old-fashioned, or with top-shelf tonic.
Crafted with the same attention to detail that a boat-maker brings to his trade, Boatwright Bourbon is one of only two whiskeys in all of Alaska that are distilled from scratch. (Our Wrack Line Rye is the other.) We start by stripping down to the basics: just pure local water, organic non-GMO grains, and yeast. Then we double-distill in a copper kettle made by the masters in Louisville, Kentucky, fussing and adjusting until we think it’s right. After distilling, we age Boatwright Bourbon for two years in barrels made of charred Kentucky White Oak. Something very Southeast Alaskan happens during that process: the swings in barometric pressure that are common here cause our barrels to slightly contract and expand. Each time that happens, the barrel absorbs and releases the slowly aging bourbon, adding nuance, depth, and flavor notes you won’t find anywhere else. So when the skies turn cloudy, we smile. We figure somebody up there really loves great bourbon.
Before Prohibition, rye was America’s favorite whiskey. Today it’s being rediscovered, so, for your discovery, we submit Wrack Line Rye. With a mash bill of 70 percent organic, non-GMO rye that we mill ourselves, Wrack Line Rye has enough classic rye spice to announce its presence, yet is balanced enough to play well with others in a cocktail. Like our bourbon, it’s double-distilled, aged in charred oak barrels, and made entirely from scratch in our distillery in Haines. A bit drier than our bourbon, it’s perfect in classics like a Sazerac or an Old Fashioned. Whiskey aficionados will find a rare kind of pleasure sipping it neat or on the rocks.
Bottled at a robust “Alaskan strength” 90 proof, Icy Strait Vodka is a smooth sipping spirit. We make it by re-distilling neutral grain spirits and tasting carefully along the way so that we remove the batch’s “heads” (too strong) and “tails” (too weak) and keep only the delicious “hearts” (just right). Then we blend it with pure local water, pour it into a bottle labeled with an octopus, and there you have it: an exceptionally clean, flavorful vodka with just a hint of sweetness imparted by the corn it’s distilled from. Icy Strait Vodka is the perfect canvas for your favorite cocktail. Or simply enjoy it “icy straight.”
Once feared by authorities and furtively sought by libertines everywhere, absinthe is suddenly respectable and available, but no less lovely and intriguing. And ours, if we may say so, is especially delicious. Based on a recipe from the 1700s, Green Siren takes a fair bit of time to make, because we don’t take shortcuts. We skip the artificial color and sugar syrup, and, instead, soak not once but twice with herbs that grow beautifully in Southeast Alaska, including wormwood, lemon balm, and anise hyssop. Once it takes on its distinctive light-licorice flavor and magical jade hue, we strain it, bottle it, and make it available to you. Imbibe it in the classic ritual, with sugar cube, spoon, and ice-cold water. Or enjoy it in an innovative cocktail, or simply on the rocks. Green Siren won’t make you hallucinate, but it may nicely adjust your attitude.