Bainbridge Organic Distillers

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After an ad in The Stranger peaked our interest for Bainbridge Organic Distillers, we finally had a chance to visit the distillery on Bainbridge Island a couple weeks ago. Up until my visit, I don’t think I had ever had vodka or gin straight and enjoyed it. “Common knowledge” holds that gin is gross on its own, and as a friend put it, “doesn’t vodka taste like burn-y water?” (For more on good gin and how to enjoy it, check out “Banish the Tonic: Why to Drink Straight Gin.”)

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Bainbridge Organic Distillers’ products are nuanced and distilled with a variety of botanicals (see photo). For example, the Bainbridge Heritage Organic Douglas Fir Gin has soft, blended accents of Douglas fir with juniper, citrus, and cardamom instead of tasting like a truckload of pine to the face. The Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka, brewed with wheat, actually has a flavor, with hints citrus and sweet wheat; I’m looking forward to trying it in a martini. The new vanilla-bean organic vodka is brewed with organic vanilla beans, and though it would be perfect for someone who prefers sweeter drinks, I think it’d be a great alternative to flavored vodka in cocktails. The Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Whiskey is also wheat-based; aged in oak barrels, the whiskey has a spiced sweetness to it with notes of peppercorn, coriander, and caramel.

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Washington liquor taxes make buying hard liquor pricey, so we were surprised at how affordable Bainbridge Organic Distillers’ prices were–about $40/bottle instead of $70. They’ll be expanding to the rest of Washington, Oregon, and California, soon, too, West Coasters! You don’t want to miss these.

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Check out more about the distillery here. Tastings are free!

Photos taken with permission.

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