Our signature grain
We make the neutral spirit for Gustaf Navy Strength Gin, Solveig Gin and Syvä Vodka from non-GMO AC Hazlet rye grain. Even when distilled to 191 proof, our rye offers a lovely yet faint hint of spice and vanilla, which gives our gins and vodka distinctive flavor and luxurious palate feel.
Fields of rye
We planted and harvested AC Hazlet rye not far from the distillery door. We chose this particular variety of rye because it resists lodging (flattening out in strong rain and wind), and is very winter hardy (did we mention how far north we are? Farther than Niagara Falls.).
Making the neutral spirit
After rye grains are milled, mashed and fermented on site, we use a 500-gallon custom-made copper pot still to make the neutral spirit. Fermented grains are run through the still at least twice with important "cuts" made during each run. The "heads" and "tails" are cut out, which have off-flavors. The "hearts" are combined from several runs and distilled again to reach 190+ proof alcohol. This uncompromising approach to making neutral spirit gives our gins and vodka a truly exceptional start.
Our gin recipes
We've always loved gin and the creativity it requires to make. Our first spirits release, Solveig gin, comes from a desire to create a spirit that reminded us of an early summer rain. Well-balanced, bright and fresh, with citrus, herbal, and light floral notes. A gin that is just, well, exceptionally drinkable.
Our second gin, Gustaf Navy Strength, is Solveig's polar opposite. In the tradition of a London Dry, Gustaf is a bold, bracing, juniper-forward gin.
Grapefruit peel, thyme and coriander play alongside juniper in Solveig. A hint of lavender lends a delightful, soft floral nose. The more traditional London Dry gins are distinguished by their strong pine needle smell, which is less pronounced in Solveig. The balance of botanicals may be why Solveig's been called a "gin for people who didn't think they liked gin".
Individual botanical distillation
We distill our botanicals separately, which is another reason why Gustaf and Solveig are so balanced. Most gin is made by placing all botanicals together in a basket and running the alcohol through them once. It's efficient, but it means you take the bad, or off-flavors, with the good.
Botanicals are carefully measured, placed in unbleached muslin bags and either boiled directly in the still's pot, or vapor infused in its gin basket.
Gustaf offers 11 different botanicals and Solveig is made using 8 different botanicals.
The botanical distillations are kept separately in large drums before being carefully measured, blended together and brought to proof with pure water.
A watchful eye
Every step of the making of our spirits is carefully done by hand, including the final proof prior to bottling.
The spirit inside the bottle represents the work of our hearts. Something so special deserves a beautiful package.
A cocktail's best friend
Solveig's herbal qualities pair beautifully with vermouth in a martini, its creaminess is divine in a French 75, and it holds court nicely in a Negroni.
It's a summer afternoon in a glass with tonic and a slice of grapefruit, no matter what the calendar says.