In the Bay Area, we have more than our fair share of great spirits retailers and producers--a symbiotic relationship that keeps our personal bars stocked with delicious and unique local spirits. Two of the finest, K&L Wines and St. George Spirits, have joined forces to create a limited-run spirit worth seeking out, Faultline Gin ($34.99).
K&L spirits buyers, David Othenin-Girard (Southern California stores) and David Driscoll (Northern California stores), worked closely with distiller Dave Smith to create something exclusive for them (how this didn't get called "David Gin" baffles us).
A neutral-grain based spirit, the gin is clean and savory, using plenty of juniper balanced out by a variety of citrus, including lime, and spices. While the spirit certainly has some botanical similarities to the distillery's other three gins, it leans decisively into a vegetal direction. Smith explained, "The Faultline definitely feels like its own beast to me and showcases some of the sweetness and focus of the Terroir, while pulling some of the potentially more savory components of the Botanivore, especially with the addition of the celery seed."
For Driscoll, "There was no real desire to have our own gin in particular... we just wanted something different," he explained. While he had no specific flavor profile in mind when starting the project, he knew what they and their customers would like. "Dave Smith came up with the idea of doing something savory and I just let him lead the way. I've realized it's best to let people who know best do what they do."
And the name? Faultline is the line of custom and exclusive bottlings made for K&L and comes from the connection the stores share. "David Othenin-Girard and I decided that we should have our own label while drinking heavily in Scotland last spring, so we came up with Faultline as a name that would connect all three stores," explained Driscoll.
With a limited supply, it's worth making a tectonic shift over to the store and pick up a bottle or two.