Letherbee  Distillers
Chicago  Illinois  
Letherbee  Distillers
Chicago  Illinois  

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Chicago, IL
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Letherbee Distillers


Our Story

...the goal was to make some good botanical booze. Bartender Brenton Engel was cooking up moonshine that gained such a level of cult popularity it lead him to start Letherbee — an independent artisan distillery.
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  Autumnal 2018     From its origins in Holland, the botanicals used in gin have all been thought to provide therapeutic properties, treating everything from stress headaches to spiritual afflictions. Juniper, angelica, sage, and citrus were holistic sources of healing prior to our modern age.     Approximately 6,000 miles across the globe in Central and South America, palo santo, translating literally to “holy wood,” has been a holistic healing tool whose popularity has spread globally for its relaxing and enchanting fragrance. Palo santo is a distant relative to other sacred aromatics, such as frankincense and myrrh. Thought to be powerfully cleansing, this sweet-smelling wood has a uniquely relaxing aroma, ranging from notes of citrus to burnt sugar, mint and cedar.     For our 2018 Autumnal Gin, we have chosen to highlight sage, or salvia, meaning “savior”, with the holiest of woods. We harvested fresh garden sage and steeped it with the smoke from burned palo santo to create the core flavors for this spirit. Earthy sage and sweet, musky palo santo come together in a richly aromatic union. It is a marriage that tastes so natural, it feels like divine intervention. So, will this drinkable distillate bring you spiritual enlightenment and incite medical miracles? Probably not, but it will make a damn good cocktail.

Autumnal 2018
 

From its origins in Holland, the botanicals used in gin have all been thought to provide therapeutic properties, treating everything from stress headaches to spiritual afflictions. Juniper, angelica, sage, and citrus were holistic sources of healing prior to our modern age.

 

Approximately 6,000 miles across the globe in Central and South America, palo santo, translating literally to “holy wood,” has been a holistic healing tool whose popularity has spread globally for its relaxing and enchanting fragrance. Palo santo is a distant relative to other sacred aromatics, such as frankincense and myrrh. Thought to be powerfully cleansing, this sweet-smelling wood has a uniquely relaxing aroma, ranging from notes of citrus to burnt sugar, mint and cedar.

 

For our 2018 Autumnal Gin, we have chosen to highlight sage, or salvia, meaning “savior”, with the holiest of woods. We harvested fresh garden sage and steeped it with the smoke from burned palo santo to create the core flavors for this spirit. Earthy sage and sweet, musky palo santo come together in a richly aromatic union. It is a marriage that tastes so natural, it feels like divine intervention. So, will this drinkable distillate bring you spiritual enlightenment and incite medical miracles? Probably not, but it will make a damn good cocktail.

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  Besk   Letherbee unites with R. Franklin for a refined rendition of BËSK —a relatively obscure yet locally infamous Swedish liqueur dominated by wormwood. The violently bitter shot initially hits with flavors of grapefruit before an onslaught of wormwood alongside earthy gentian root — an effect that lingers on the palate for quite a surprising while. Beneath the acrid din of the more acute tasting notes rests more gentle traces of juniper, star anise, and elderflower musk. Bottled at 100 proof, Letherbee’s BËSK remains an esoteric shot for adventurous drinkers, but the bitter liqueur can be gracefully incorporated into sophisticated cocktails.

Besk

Letherbee unites with R. Franklin for a refined rendition of BËSK —a relatively obscure yet locally infamous Swedish liqueur dominated by wormwood. The violently bitter shot initially hits with flavors of grapefruit before an onslaught of wormwood alongside earthy gentian root — an effect that lingers on the palate for quite a surprising while. Beneath the acrid din of the more acute tasting notes rests more gentle traces of juniper, star anise, and elderflower musk. Bottled at 100 proof, Letherbee’s BËSK remains an esoteric shot for adventurous drinkers, but the bitter liqueur can be gracefully incorporated into sophisticated cocktails.

  Letherbee Gin Original Label   Few gins unfold like Letherbee’s flagship tipple, distilled by hand with a clean yet robust blend of 11 botanicals. Juniper spearheads a mélange of spices, including coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon, while cubeb berries evoke a touch of pepper and a hint of ginger in the finish. Lemon and orange peel lend the dry, balanced concoction a bit of room for keen drinkers to pick up subtle notes of licorice and almond. At 96 proof,Letherbee Gin shines in all contexts, whether sipped straight, louched with a few drops of water until slightly cloudy, or mixed in a cocktail.

Letherbee Gin
Original Label

Few gins unfold like Letherbee’s flagship tipple, distilled by hand with a clean yet robust blend of 11 botanicals. Juniper spearheads a mélange of spices, including coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon, while cubeb berries evoke a touch of pepper and a hint of ginger in the finish. Lemon and orange peel lend the dry, balanced concoction a bit of room for keen drinkers to pick up subtle notes of licorice and almond. At 96 proof,Letherbee Gin shines in all contexts, whether sipped straight, louched with a few drops of water until slightly cloudy, or mixed in a cocktail.

  FERNET   Letherbee’s freshly refined take on the signature digestif is smooth, perhaps startlingly so. The prominence of saffron evokes popular Fernets, but supporting notes of rhubarb root and myrrh gum scaffold the palate as to not let bitter notes overpower. Spearmint and eucalyptus lend a subtle, pleasant mentholated finish. Given Letherbee’s penchant for balanced flavors, this Fernet is versatile—shoot it, sip it after a meal, add it to coffee, or mix it in a complex cocktail.

FERNET

Letherbee’s freshly refined take on the signature digestif is smooth, perhaps startlingly so. The prominence of saffron evokes popular Fernets, but supporting notes of rhubarb root and myrrh gum scaffold the palate as to not let bitter notes overpower. Spearmint and eucalyptus lend a subtle, pleasant mentholated finish. Given Letherbee’s penchant for balanced flavors, this Fernet is versatile—shoot it, sip it after a meal, add it to coffee, or mix it in a complex cocktail.

 
  BARREL AGED ABSINTHE   Letherbee’s Barrel-Aged Absinthe draws its caramel hue from a six-month stint in new, full-sized, charred, American oak casks. A straightforward white absinthe recipe mellows in the aging process, softening the anise notes to let sumptuous floral and spice layers resonate. Besides the color, the full-sized barrels also imbue the Absinthe Brun with toasty hints of vanilla and caramel. Bottled at 126 proof, the spirit-forward drink is an addictive sipper that can also add depth to a variety of cocktails.

BARREL AGED ABSINTHE

Letherbee’s Barrel-Aged Absinthe draws its caramel hue from a six-month stint in new, full-sized, charred, American oak casks. A straightforward white absinthe recipe mellows in the aging process, softening the anise notes to let sumptuous floral and spice layers resonate. Besides the color, the full-sized barrels also imbue the Absinthe Brun with toasty hints of vanilla and caramel. Bottled at 126 proof, the spirit-forward drink is an addictive sipper that can also add depth to a variety of cocktails.

  Fernet   Letherbee’s freshly refined take on the signature digestif is smooth, perhaps startlingly so. The prominence of saffron evokes popular Fernets, but supporting notes of rhubarb root and myrrh gum scaffold the palate as to not let bitter notes overpower. Spearmint and eucalyptus lend a subtle, pleasant mentholated finish. Given Letherbee’s penchant for balanced flavors, this Fernet is versatile—shoot it, sip it after a meal, add it to coffee, or mix it in a complex cocktail.

Fernet

Letherbee’s freshly refined take on the signature digestif is smooth, perhaps startlingly so. The prominence of saffron evokes popular Fernets, but supporting notes of rhubarb root and myrrh gum scaffold the palate as to not let bitter notes overpower. Spearmint and eucalyptus lend a subtle, pleasant mentholated finish. Given Letherbee’s penchant for balanced flavors, this Fernet is versatile—shoot it, sip it after a meal, add it to coffee, or mix it in a complex cocktail.

  Letherbee Gin   Original Label Flask   Few gins unfold like Letherbee’s flagship tipple — a Chicago-made, grain-neutral spirit distilled by hand with a clean yet robust blend of 11 botanicals. Juniper berries spearhead a mélange of spices, including coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon, while cubeb berries evoke a touch of pepper and a hit of ginger in the finish. Dried lemon peel and orange pith lend the dry, balanced concoction a bit of room for keen drinkers to pick up subtle notes of licorice and almond. At 96 proof, Letherbee Gin shines in all contexts, whether sipped straight, louched with a few drops of water until slightly cloudy, or mixed in a refined cocktail.

Letherbee Gin
Original Label Flask

Few gins unfold like Letherbee’s flagship tipple — a Chicago-made, grain-neutral spirit distilled by hand with a clean yet robust blend of 11 botanicals. Juniper berries spearhead a mélange of spices, including coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon, while cubeb berries evoke a touch of pepper and a hit of ginger in the finish. Dried lemon peel and orange pith lend the dry, balanced concoction a bit of room for keen drinkers to pick up subtle notes of licorice and almond. At 96 proof, Letherbee Gin shines in all contexts, whether sipped straight, louched with a few drops of water until slightly cloudy, or mixed in a refined cocktail.

  vernal 2018   In Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden Of Earthly Delights, the bacchanalian painting features several enormous, human-sized strawberries. The scene is flecked with larger than life, electric red berries, coveted by his otherworldly cast of characters. There have been centuries of debate and scholarly interpretation surrounding Bosch’s intentions. But who wouldn’t be enamored by the enchanting fruit, symbol of the verdurous harvest to come?     At the very beginning of spring, just as the ground starts to defrost, strawberry season comes in fast and strong. One of the first fruits to reach ripeness, their presence is as ephemeral as their sweet, acerbic essence. Perhaps as a lesson in consumption, the most flavorful of strawberries are also the smallest – bright red tender and fragrant, they are best eaten right off the bush.     Inspired by the classic combination of strawberries and cream, we paired strawberries with rich Madagascar vanilla beans and steeped them in our Letherbee Original Label Gin. The addition of bright and medicinal locally-sourced eucalyptus infuses yet another layer of complexity that almost recreates the sensation of strolling through a strawberry field at peak harvest – a garden of earthly delights, but bottled.

vernal 2018

In Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden Of Earthly Delights, the bacchanalian painting features several enormous, human-sized strawberries. The scene is flecked with larger than life, electric red berries, coveted by his otherworldly cast of characters. There have been centuries of debate and scholarly interpretation surrounding Bosch’s intentions. But who wouldn’t be enamored by the enchanting fruit, symbol of the verdurous harvest to come?

 

At the very beginning of spring, just as the ground starts to defrost, strawberry season comes in fast and strong. One of the first fruits to reach ripeness, their presence is as ephemeral as their sweet, acerbic essence. Perhaps as a lesson in consumption, the most flavorful of strawberries are also the smallest – bright red tender and fragrant, they are best eaten right off the bush.

 

Inspired by the classic combination of strawberries and cream, we paired strawberries with rich Madagascar vanilla beans and steeped them in our Letherbee Original Label Gin. The addition of bright and medicinal locally-sourced eucalyptus infuses yet another layer of complexity that almost recreates the sensation of strolling through a strawberry field at peak harvest – a garden of earthly delights, but bottled.

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