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Djinn Spirits’ new Henry Knox Gin. Courtesy photo.




Henry Knox Gin Release Party 

Where: Djinn Spirits, 2 Townsend West, Suite 9, Nashua
When: Saturday, July 29, noon to 5 p.m. 
Cost: Free 
Visit: djinnspirits.com




Classic spirit
Local distillery releases new gin

07/27/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Nashua distillery Djinn Spirits is going clean and classic with the release of its new American dry gin, Henry Knox Gin. 
The gin is the distillery’s first new product since its single malt whiskey was released one year ago. It comes three years after the debut of Djinn’s original Distilled Gin, which owner and head distiller Andy Harthcock says did not appeal to “gin purists” like he expects the new gin will. 
“The first gin is very robust, and there’s more flavor to it. It’s very un-gin-like. We have a dedicated group of followers who love it … but it’s a good distance away from what a lot of people think gin should taste like,” he said. “We thought this was a good time to address that other market and create a clear and light gin without as much flavor.” 
At 45 percent ABV, the gin has a subdued juniper note balanced with the light zest of fresh grapefruit and a base of cardamom and angelica root. It’s produced through a two-week process of triple distillation, carbon filtration and a unique vapor infusion technique that allows Harthcock to fine-tune the balance of flavors for a more complex flavor profile. 
“I don’t have to use as many botanicals,” he said. “[The technique] is very effective and efficient at picking up the more subtle flavors and aromas to create what I think is a more finely crafted product with a nice, well-rounded mouthfeel.” 
Unlike Djinn’s first gin, the Knox Gin is simple and neutral enough to be used in nearly any kind of gin-based mixed drink. It goes best, Harthcock said, with the classics: a gin and tonic or a traditional martini, in which the gin’s delicate blend of flavors can be appreciated. 
The gin is named after the American revolutionary Henry Knox, whose logistical skills and knack for strategy helped George Washington win the war. 
“He was a behind-the-scenes sort of guy — a simple guy who did what he could do and made a difference,” Harthcock said. “So we thought he’d be an interesting icon and took it as an opportunity to play up an unsung hero of the American Revolution.” 
Knox Gin is currently available for purchase at the distillery for $33 per bottle. On Saturday, July 29, Djinn will host a release party featuring samples of the gin, free distillery tours, prize drawings and a discount on the gin to $28 per bottle. 





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