Capturing the classic culture of San Francisco, this gin pays homage to two stray dogs that lived in San Francisco in the late 1800s. Master Distiller Carter Raff takes a grape based spirit and distills with juniper berries, orris, coriander, angelica, bitter citrus, cinnamon bark and licorice, creating a well-balanced flavorful gin with hints of citrus and floral notes with a long spicy finish. This is a throwback gin that could easily become your new best friend.
Raff distillerie was founded in early 2011 by master distiller Carter Raff. He has been distilling for 13 years and making wine for over 22. It all started early on; his love of spirits. What fascinated him were the multitudes of products out there; all tasting different with beautiful bottles and labels. It was as much about the art of the packaging as the taste. After years of experimentation with different wines and alcohols he was given the opportunity to join a distillery already established on San Francisco's Treasure Island. Treasure Island Distillery started in the old Navy Brig and was without a still. Carter having built dozens of stills, large and small, was already gathering the necessary materials for building a production still in hopes of starting his own distillery. When this opportunity presented itself it was a match made in heaven. He continued to fabricate the stills from scratch; machining every single part from a raw bar of metal. He built the main production still and the ¼ scale lab version for making test batches. Most of the complimentary equipment for the distillery was also fabricated from scratch. Equally out of saving money, but also to get exactly what's necessary for the job at hand. The still more specifically is a hybrid design by me, Carter Raff. It can be used for many different types of alcohol. Normally if one were to make vodka you would use a column still also referred to as a fractioning still. These stills use plates or packing to create more surface area for the alcohol/water molecule to cling to thereby allowing it to continually distill the same liquid over and over achieving a more refined, clean, product. If you wanted to make anything else that retained its flavor you would use a pot still or alembic; which is essentially a pot still. The still that I built is a hybrid that allows it to be used as either a fractioning column or a pot still. If you wanted some separation you would be able to use 1 to 3 plates or apply what's known as Vapor Management to apply lots of separation. Most of the time we are using it to create flavored spirits such as gin, absinthe and whiskey so we use it as a plain pot still.