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.