April 2017 Pick of the Month

Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.”  The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment.  We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback. 

Wheat State Gin
Bottle: Wheat State Distilling Gin (Batch 2) (Available at the distillery or in area liquor stores)

Price: $30

Producer: Wheat State Distilling

Proof: 80

Age: n/a – unaged.

Mashbill: 55% Wheat/45% Corn.  A full link to the Field-to-Bottle tracker on Batch 2 can be found here.

If you are in the central Kansas area, Wheat State Distilling has just opened a new restaurant/bar/tasting-room/distillery/event-venue in the Old Town area of Wichita.  It is an amazing facility and a great addition to Wichita.  Wheat State’s existing facility will remain as a production facility and for warehousing, but final production will take place at the new downtown showroom.

This month’s pick is Wheat State’s handcrafted, small batch Gin.   This Gin falls into the ever developing “new American Gin” category, offering something beyond solely traditional juniper notes.

We highly recommend that you stop into Wheat State’s new tasting room and pick up a bottle.  Make sure to tell David and Kim Bahre that Flight Club sent you.  Then, post a comment with your thoughts.

28 Replies to “April 2017 Pick of the Month”

  1. Many people adamantly state that they hate Gin. For most, I’d guess that they either (a) had a bad experience with Gin (where the higher than suspected alcohol content snuck up on them) or (b) they just hate juniper. No one can help with the former, but to the later Wheat State’s offering has a chance to change favor.

    The nose is very citrusy, as if the rim of the glass was rubbed with an orange peel. Behind the orange is lemon, almost like a lemon drop candy. While there is some herbal spice to the nose, it is far from the juniper forward London Dry Gin aroma. The nose is very fresh.

    Once the gin passes the nose and hits the tongue, the lemon and orange is met with as much cardamom as juniper. Still not heavy on the herbal botanicals, and still very fresh.

    On the finish I find lasting cardamom/oily-lemon.

    All said, this is a very nice, citrusy Gin. Add to this the “local” factor, I’d say I’d highly recommend it!

  2. To most, gin is gin. But, upon closer examination, the subtle distinctions yield greater appreciation.

    The starting point with any gin is the juniper. Here, the juniper almost takes a backseat. I pick up a lemon and vanilla extract up front. I think this may be the result of the wheat in the mash. Juniper does join in, along with some of the more typical botanical bouquet commonly associated with gin.

    What I appreciate about this is the denser/creamier body, which, again, I attribute to the wheat. I think this assists in cocktails (something gin is almost unmatched at in comparison with other spirits) to create a stronger backbone, while maintaining freshness. This is quality gin.

    For those gin-haters who refuse to drink any non-brown spirits, Wheat State’s barrel rested (read: aged) gin is wonderful. However, the word is out on that, so it will be more difficult finding a bottle. Best bet is to head over to Wheat State Distilling’s new location in Old Town, at 246 N Mosley, and try to snag a bottle before they disappear. Tell them Flight Club sent you.

  3. I get lemon and citrus on the nose. The palate is refreshing and smooth with citrus and lemon. I feel this gin would give your everyday gin and tonic a very refreshing kick with it’s strong citrus notes.

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