The Washington craft distilling scene has really exploded in the last couple of years with there currently being over 30 licensed distilleries in the state. Sound Spirits is just one of the many in the Seattle area, and they are currently producing a vodka and a gin.
Ebb+Flow Gin clocks in at 47% abv and fits firmly in the category of new school American gins. It has a very good nose to it, with a great balance between the botanicals. The gin is distilled from the same grains as their vodka, and some soft vanilla and malty notes hidden beneath the botanicals. On the tongue however, some of that great balance seems to disappear, with citrus tones becoming very predominant. The traditional flavors are there as well, but pushed slightly to the background. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the spirit still remains clean and clear, with the alcohol flavors expertly pushed to the back.
As a base for cocktails, this gin is an excellent choice. The citrus plays well with a variety of flavors, and the lack of an in your face juniper punch will let this gin appeal to a range of people that may not be a fan of the more traditional london dry styles. All in all, if you are looking to support some great craft distillers, this is one spirit that you won’t be disappointed with. Cheers!