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Region: New York

What's So Special: When you think of gin, you undoubtedly think of juniper - even though you might not even know that's what you're thinking of. Piney, powerful, and easy to identify. Don't get us wrong: If you love juniper-forward-gin, keep drinking it. But here't the thing, there's more to gin that just juniper. Enter Empire Spirits Project. Their first goal: to help juniper not be so overbearing. Get it to mingle. To meet up with some new ingredients. To harmonize and branch out. Their speciality is pairing botanicals to create unique flavor profiles. Their gins are unlike any other you've ever had before. We're willing to bet that you love gin; you just don't know it yet. 

Tastes Like: The first of its kind in the U.S. This innovative flavor profile features applewood smoked juniper notes matched with caraway and peppercorn. This overt profile asserts itself, bringing a smoky backbone to traditional gin drinks. 

What the Pros Say: The Tasting Panel - 92 Points.