HILLSBORO, OR – (Jan. 27, 2015) – Big Bottom Distilling, maker of award-winning Big Bottom Whiskey, is releasing its first distilled product: Big Bottom Oregon Gin. The 91 proof gin retails for $29.95 and debuts as the first of the company’s new line of in-house distilled products being released this year.
Until 2014, Big Bottom has been sourcing all of its whiskey and rum from outside distillers and then blending, finishing and bottling the final product in Hillsboro. Big Bottom decided to move forward with distilling a gin as Founder and Owner Ted Pappas and his new head distiller, Travis Schoney, believe that gin is making a strong comeback in the world of spirits. The availability of different botanicals allows them an opportunity to create a distinctive product that falls outside the range of a traditional gin.
“We are extremely excited to finally be able to distill our own line of spirits,” Schoney said. “It’s very much like a painter with a blank canvas – we have the capability to create extraordinary products with unique and amazing flavor profiles that will appeal to all palates.”
Pappas added: “We chose to distill gin as Big Bottom’s first distilled product because we thought it would allow us to create something uniquely Oregon. We carefully chose a series of botanicals that would offer a flavor profile that best represents the beautiful qualities of Oregon.”
Unlike a traditional London Dry gin, the Big Bottom Oregon Gin is a slightly sweet gin. It contains 16 botanicals that offer a complex bouquet of floral qualities that complement the juniper. It also boasts a rich, full mouth feel with a creamy body offering a long-lasting finish. Because of these qualities, it is a great re-introduction to the spirit of gin – for gin and non-gin drinkers alike.
About Big Bottom Distilling:
Big Bottom Distilling, LLC Founder and President of the Oregon Distiller’s Guild, Ted Pappas, started the company in 2010. As a 1991 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, all of Pappas’ products are proofed at 91° as a tribute to his classmates. The company started as an independent bottler with the release of several Big Bottom Whiskey and Calhoun Bros. straight bourbon and rum products. Big Bottom products retail from $21.95 to $44.95 and are sold in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.
The company ventured into distilling in July 2014 with its 100-gallon all-copper still, which allows for production of a wider range of spirits. Big Bottom also expanded by adding 1,500 square feet of barrel storage to its production, warehouse, and tasting room space. The Big Bottom tasting room is located off NW Cornelius Pass Road on NW Nicholas Court and it is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, please visit www.bigbottomwhiskey.com or call (503) 608-7816. You can follow the company on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BigBottomWhiskey and Twitter @bbwhiskey.