Letherbee  Distillers
Chicago  Illinois  
Letherbee  Distillers
Chicago  Illinois  

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Chicago, IL
60647

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Letherbee

Gin Bësk Fernet Absinthe Chicago


Our Story

Botanical distilled spirits. Gin, Fernet, Bësk, Absinthe, Seasonal Gin. Growing local and sourcing global ingredients. 100% Independent and DIY. No marketing schemes. Began in a basement, grown into an international boutique brand. Work with friends. Peace. Read More —

 

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Autumnal GIN 2019   The price of tea was too high for some people in old Kyoto, while court nobles and merchants drank tea replete with rich green matcha, most could only afford a few small leaves per cup. To fill out their tea, people turned to something simple, rice.They roasted rice until some kernels popped like popcorn and mixed the roasted rice in with green tea. What they found was more than cheap tea filler, roasted rice gave the tea a warm, nutty flavor and a starchiness that stuck to your stomach. The blend of roasted rice and green tea was called genmaicha and it grew in popularity around japan and recently has spread to the world market. It was in genmaicha that we discovered the full satisfying flavor of roasted rice and we wanted to make something of it. But we don’t make tea, we make gin.

Autumnal GIN 2019

The price of tea was too high for some people in old Kyoto, while court nobles and merchants drank tea replete with rich green matcha, most could only afford a few small leaves per cup. To fill out their tea, people turned to something simple, rice.They roasted rice until some kernels popped like popcorn and mixed the roasted rice in with green tea. What they found was more than cheap tea filler, roasted rice gave the tea a warm, nutty flavor and a starchiness that stuck to your stomach. The blend of roasted rice and green tea was called genmaicha and it grew in popularity around japan and recently has spread to the world market. It was in genmaicha that we discovered the full satisfying flavor of roasted rice and we wanted to make something of it. But we don’t make tea, we make gin.

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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 bitter shot initially hits with flavors of grapefruit before an oncoming 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 bitter shot initially hits with flavors of grapefruit before an oncoming 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 GIN 2019   In the wake of Winter, we’re all looking for a little heat. What better way to usher in Spring than to saddle up with some green chiles – savory, bold, and warm flavors emblematic of Mexico and the USA’s Southwest. Fresh poblanos and green bell peppers bring a vegetal and grassy palate to our 2019 Vernal. Simple and straightforward, this recipe features a pared-down botanical distillate of juniper, coriander, and lemon peel with nearly a ton of poblano and green bells. Juicy and bright in body, it delivers a subtly spicy finish from our jalapeno and green hatch chile maceration.

VERNAL GIN 2019

In the wake of Winter, we’re all looking for a little heat. What better way to usher in Spring than to saddle up with some green chiles – savory, bold, and warm flavors emblematic of Mexico and the USA’s Southwest. Fresh poblanos and green bell peppers bring a vegetal and grassy palate to our 2019 Vernal. Simple and straightforward, this recipe features a pared-down botanical distillate of juniper, coriander, and lemon peel with nearly a ton of poblano and green bells. Juicy and bright in body, it delivers a subtly spicy finish from our jalapeno and green hatch chile maceration.

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