Ethereal Gin #14 from Berkshire Mountain Distillers

When I’m not drinking wine I love a good gin martini. I like mine served up with a twist, with just a whisper of vermouth. I want to be able to taste the flavor of the gin, so I’m very particular about selecting just the right one.

The most recent gin I’ve been enjoying is the Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ethereal Gin #14.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers is based in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Established in 2007, it’s the first legal distillery in the Berkshires since Prohibition.

As the name suggests, this is the 14th in a series of limited-edition gins, each with its own unique blend of botanicals. The blends are released only when the taste is just right, so you know you’re getting something special.

As Master Distiller Chris Weld describes it, “Ethereal #14 is a bit out of our comfort zone because it’s closer to a traditional London Dry, with a stronger juniper backbone. After releasing so many out-there gins I’m fine with something a little more conventional at this time.”

Weld used citra hops to add floral and citrus aromas. Along with juniper, orange and grapefruit flavors, there’s a subtle touch of anise that lingers on the finish.

Ethereal Gin #14 retails for $35 and it is 43% alcohol by volume (86 proof). Enjoy it neat, on ice, with tonic water or in cocktails.

If you can’t find Ethereal Gin at your local bottle shop, try another of Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ spirits like their award-winning Greylock Gin.

For more information visit www.berkshiremountaindistillers.com.