What: A traditional London-style dry gin comprising 11 botanicals in a 100-percent American grain, made in Forest Grove, Ore. by Dogwood Distilling LLC
• The gin is the second spirit from Dogwood Distilling; it was introduced in October 2012 to complement D.L. Franklin Vodka.
• The gin begins in efficient column stills, emerging a mid-proof, light-bodied spirit with minimal congeners (flavor compounds). Some of the 11 botanicals — juniper, coriander, grains of paradise, cinnamon, angelica root, lemon peel, liquorice root, cubeb berries, bitter almonds orris root and sweet orange peel — are steeped in the base spirit. Others are extracted via alcohol vapor during the final distillation. The result is a gin that’s both clean and complex.
• “There are a lot of artisan spirits out there that are fabulous, but they’re raspberry-heavy or cucumber heavy which are great for particular drinks,” Distiller Matt Hottenroth said. “But I wanted the alcohol that sat behind my grandpa’s bar, that could make a martini, a gin and tonic, or a gin rickey perfectly. It’s a same-every-batch kind of product; you know exactly what you’re getting, and what you’re getting is good, solid gin.”
• Union Gin, like all of Dogwood’s products, take advantage of Forest Grove, Ore.’s exceptional water. Fed from the Gales Creek watershed, located in the Northern Oregon Coast Range, the slight sweetness of the water lends a smoothness to the finished product.
• Distillery co-owners Matt Hottenroth and Jasin Hope bring a combined three decades of experience in the service industry to the table; Dogwood was founded to make fine mid-shelf liquors that display tremendous versatility while staying true to their microdistillery roots.
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Manufactured by: Dogwood Distilling, of Forest Grove, Ore.
DL FRANKLIN VODKA
D.L. Franklin Vodka: Simple, straightforward, excellent
What: A American-style vodka, made by Oregon's Dogwood Distilling with 100 percent American grain. Distillers Matt Hottenroth and his business partner Jasin Hope made a vodka informed by their combined three decades in the service industry; D.L. Franklin is the bartender’s vodka.
• The use of a corn rather than potato base gives a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel; the spirit has gentle but piquant notes of white pepper, grapefruit, lemon peel and vanilla.
• The product is filtered five times through coconut-husk charcoal and a blend of activated carbon, limestone and lava rock; each pass takes four hours.
• D.L. Franklin, like all of Dogwood’s products, take advantage of Forest Grove, Ore.’s exceptional water. Fed from the Gales Creek watershed, located in the Northern Oregon Coast Range, the slight sweetness of the Yamhill County water lends smoothness to the finished product.
• D.L. Franklin is, by design, an extremely versatile vodka. It mixes easily with everything from citrus to savory flavors while also maintaining enough character to be drank on its own. Smooth in feel with a slight needle of alcohol this vodka also pairs well with a large array of foods.
• Since its introduction in early 2010, D.L. Franklin has quickly become the go-to well vodka for a huge array of great Portland restaurants and bars, including but not limited to the wells of such places as Raven & Rose, Cocotte, Grain & Gristle, NEPO42, Old Salt Marketplace, Branch Whiskey Bar, Fireside PDX, Coopes Hall, La Taq, Concordia Ale House and Horse Brass. You can also find it on the menu at Lincoln, Sunshine Tavern, Multnomah Whiskey Library, Produce Row, Bar Lolo, Ox, Laurelhurst Market, Nonna, Imperial, Higgins, Wildwood, Kachka and more.
• D.L. Franklin is one of the most competitively priced microdistillery vodkas available in the country, designed specifically as a just-below-mid-shelf brand that can easily work as a well. It does not taste like a well vodka, but it affordably can be. A bank error in everyone’s favor.
• The name is an homage to Hottenroth’s family; his grandfather Frank was a Brooklyn firefighter in the 1930s through the 1940s who made money on the side running clubs.
perfectly sized at 375ml
62.5% alc/vol 125 proof
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