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 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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  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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  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.

 Unlike its jammy summer siblings, the hardy cranberry comes of age in shallow, flooded wetlands. In late fall, cranberry bogs glow a gem-like red, and the crop is corralled across the surface of the water until fruit separates from vine. To create Letherbee’s 2017 Autumnal Gin, we plunged this most bewitching of berries back into liquid, bathing the harvest in a rosemary-infused pond of our own making. The prominent rosemary savor grounds the gin’s berry brightness in cozy, herbaceous notes of winter, and mires with slivers of sundried lemon peel for a fresh forward palette. A gentle back-up chorus of cardamom, allspice, and almond beg to be poured hot into a modern toddy, but could just as easily animate a frosty winter Corpse Reviver. Fireside consumption is highly encouraged. This blush-colored holiday libation is bottled at 96 proof for a limited-edition run of 260 cases.

Unlike its jammy summer siblings, the hardy cranberry comes of age in shallow, flooded wetlands. In late fall, cranberry bogs glow a gem-like red, and the crop is corralled across the surface of the water until fruit separates from vine. To create Letherbee’s 2017 Autumnal Gin, we plunged this most bewitching of berries back into liquid, bathing the harvest in a rosemary-infused pond of our own making. The prominent rosemary savor grounds the gin’s berry brightness in cozy, herbaceous notes of winter, and mires with slivers of sundried lemon peel for a fresh forward palette. A gentle back-up chorus of cardamom, allspice, and almond beg to be poured hot into a modern toddy, but could just as easily animate a frosty winter Corpse Reviver. Fireside consumption is highly encouraged. This blush-colored holiday libation is bottled at 96 proof for a limited-edition run of 260 cases.

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