Letherbee Distillers
Chicago, Illinois
Letherbee Distillers
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, IL
60647

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Letherbee Distillers


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The goal was just to make some good booze. Bartender Brenton Engel was cooking up moonshine that gained such a level of cult popularity it inspired him to start Letherbee — an independent artisan distillery.
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Vernal 2016 Spearheaded by R. Franklin, this year’s recipe takes cues from Eclectic Medicines and includes Chamomile, Echinacea, Lemon, Honey, and Himalayan Salt. Eclectic medicine was an American discipline which made use of botanical recipes and physical therapy practices. Popular in the latter half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, the Eclectic Medical Institute existed for over a century, graduating its first class in 1833 and its final class in 1939. 

Vernal 2016

Spearheaded by R. Franklin, this year’s recipe takes cues from Eclectic Medicines and includes Chamomile, Echinacea, Lemon, Honey, and Himalayan Salt. Eclectic medicine was an American discipline which made use of botanical recipes and physical therapy practices. Popular in the latter half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, the Eclectic Medical Institute existed for over a century, graduating its first class in 1833 and its final class in 1939. 

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.

AUTUMNAL 2015 For nearly 3 years at the distillery Letherbee has been aging their Original Gin in a used Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel.  A restrained addition of this single barrel lends to the Autumnal blend a smack of Bourbon’s complexity while commanding the reigns over the Bourbon's grains. Letherbee then throws into the mix an ethereal single-origin wood-fired maple syrup from The Bunker Farm in Vermont.  The syrup's embedded terrior confidently tiptoes along the gin's coriander and cardamom, granting a warm glowing confection.  House-roasted sugar maple wood chunks camber the Bourbon's bite and the maple's sweetness as the batch is crowned by the peppery savor of allspice.

AUTUMNAL 2015

For nearly 3 years at the distillery Letherbee has been aging their Original Gin in a used Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel.  A restrained addition of this single barrel lends to the Autumnal blend a smack of Bourbon’s complexity while commanding the reigns over the Bourbon's grains. Letherbee then throws into the mix an ethereal single-origin wood-fired maple syrup from The Bunker Farm in Vermont.  The syrup's embedded terrior confidently tiptoes along the gin's coriander and cardamom, granting a warm glowing confection.  House-roasted sugar maple wood chunks camber the Bourbon's bite and the maple's sweetness as the batch is crowned by the peppery savor of allspice.

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