Jackelope Gin is made at Peach Street Distillers in Palisade, Colorado. It is bottled at 40% ABV and contains eight locally-sourced botanicals.
So what is a Jackelope?
It is a rarely seen creature of North America, looking something like a jackrabbit with an antelope’s ears. They are notoriously difficult to catch, but it’s said that they can be lured into intoxication (making them easier to catch) by leaving them a flask of whiskey out overnight.
On its own
Nose: Dusky floral with hints of earthy, herbal notes, along with marshmallow and juniper.
Taste: Juniper (piney & sappy) came through more on the taste than the nose, along with plenty of coriander, too. This was quite a perfumed and floral gin, with additional hints of anise, chocolate and citrus. It had a medium-length finish with spicy black pepper towards the end.
Gin & Tonic
Very citrusy and exceptionally floral, this was heavy on the citrus: primarily lemon and lemon verbena, but also lemongrass and coriander. Not typical, by any means, but still quite nice.
A very herbal and floral Martini, with notes of lavender, coriander and woody bark. I thought this was rather contemporary in style, with maybe even a touch of the Eastern European style of gin. Tasty, with a floral and anise finish.
This made quite a classic Negroni, but perhaps one that had a few more bitter, herbal notes than would normally be expected. Nonetheless, this is pretty textbook for Negroni lovers.
A pretty classic gin with a more contemporary twist, juniper and a good bunch of herbal flavours. My favourite drink was the Negroni which was intense and excellent.