Published on June 14th, 2016 | by Greg0
South Hollow Dry Line Gin: Cape Cod In A Bottle
Spirits are more than just drinks you can drink straight or mix and enjoy- the very name embodies the idea of capturing an essence. Like fine wines, the best spirits bottle a place and time, allowing you to enjoy a taste of Russia or Puerto Rico in every sip of vodka or rum. Sourcing local ingredients is important to most craft liquor and beer production, and today we’re looking at a small-batch producer from the Northeast that you might not be familiar with, that just launched a new line.
Specifically the Dry Line, a Cape Cod Gin from South Hollow Spirits. Connected to and led by the same folks as Truro Vineyards, they also make a pair of rums, and claim to be the first distillery on Cape Cod since Prohibition. They named the gin after “the juniper-producing Eastern Red Cedar that is only grown east of the 100° Meridian”, and crafted the spirit by fermenting sugar cane juice for three weeks before distilling and then adding a variety of botanicals. There are your usual and fairly traditional orange peel, lemon peel, cardamom, allspice, coriander, orris root, as well as grains of paradise, angelica root, anise and most interesting and appropriate, dried cranberry.
From bottle to nose, it’s clear they put some serious thought into how best to represent Massachusetts generally and the Cape specifically. It looks the part, straight out of a boat during Prohibition, and tastes smooth, a little bright, with less of a cucumber or anise focus than many British gins and a clean, crisp finish. We suggest making up a batch of the Bee’s Knees- combine two ounces of gin with an ounce of lemon juice and an ounce of honey syrup or simple syrup.
At 94 proof, it’s also nice to drink straight and holds up well to some ice, but shines best with a little tonic and a twist of lime. Available in two sizes, expect to spend around $29.99 for 375ml bottle or $44.99 for 750ml bottle.