North Shore Distillery from Chicago
"You have arrived at the virtual home for the first boutique distillery in the Chicago area (and in Illinois). Since 2005, we've been producing a range of inspired and unique spirits for your enjoyment. Our award winning, small-batch, handmade products are designed for the true spirit connoisseur, using the finest ingredients and the most advanced distillers' techniques. Thanks for visiting - we hope you come back often." -- North Shore
Our Ode to Traditional London Dry Gin
We love to rave about our Distiller's Gin No. 6, but we didn't stop there. We also created another gin - Distiller's Gin No. 11 - which appeared for the first time in March 2007. This gin is based on the traditional London Dry Gin profile. If you are a fan of abundant juniper flavor, this may be your new favorite gin. We created No. 11 for those looking for a warm round nose, and an unmistakable dry gin flavor.
The botanicals in No. 11 add fullness to the gin without taking away from the leading role of the juniper berries. The balance is remarkable and lends itself well to classic cocktails from when gin was king.
•94 pts Gold Medal/Exceptional Rating - Beverage Testing Institute, 2008
Tasting notes: "Clear. Dense, compacted aromas of honeycomb, lime soufflé, peppery juniper, and sweet spices. A soft, silky entry leads to a fruity medium-full of citrus custard pasty, pink peppercorns, fresh herbs, and honeyed juniper berries. Finishes with an long interplay of flavor with a touch of eucalyptus and minerals. A lovely, deeply flavorful, and elegantly styled gin that will be sensational in vintage cocktails."
This makes it the second highest rated American made gin. The only American gin rated higher? Our very own Distiller's Gin No. 6.
If you have never tasted this gin, or you think you don't like gin, we strongly recommend trying No. 6 neat (straight) before mixing it into a cocktail or martini. This will allow you to smell and taste the complex nature of this gin. We know you will be amazed at how much you like this gin.
Distiller's Gin No. 6 is fantastic in a traditional martini - we recommend an 8:1 ratio of gin to vermouth, although this gin works well with more vermouth if you like it that way. It also adds character and intriguing flavor to a range of cocktails, such as those you'll find in our cocktail repository.
This gin has received several awards, including:
95 pts Gold Medal/Exceptional Rating - Beverage Testing Institute, 2008
"A superb gin that virtually bristles with fresh, 3-D flavors. Very impressive!"
"Almost every high-end vodka claims to be a "small batch" vodka. How is this possible when you see them on every shelf, in every store in the country and on the shelves of many stores overseas? Small is obviously a relative term. The daily production capacity of most of these "small batch" imports is comparable to our distillery's yearly capacity. Our small batch production is actually that.
But enough about the others. North Shore Vodka is elegant and refined. Made from distilled midwestern grain, our vodka has a smooth, refreshing taste with a pleasant clean finish. Through our proprietary process, and our focus on the quality of each and every batch, our master distiller ensures that our vodka has the individual character and quality required to be enjoyed on its own or in your favorite martini or cocktail.
We proudly share with you this wonderful vodka and truly believe that you will enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy making it.