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45th Parallel Midwest Gin
45th Parallel Spirits
New Richmond, WI
80 proof


45th Parallel Spirits, owned and operated by Paul Werni, is currently Wisconsin’s only “grain to glass” distillery. While this currently only refers to their vodka, this means that the distillery sources the grain from a local farmer, produces a mash from that grain, ferments it into a “beer,” then distills it. Every step of the process is done in the distillery and absolutely no neutral grain spirits are purchased and used in the making of their vodka. This is pretty damn cool.

In addition to their vodka, they also produce Midwest Gin. Like every other distillery in Wisconsin, this gin does use some purchased neutral grain spirits. Still, it is an exceptional craft gin that shows what Paul and 45th Parallel can do with “flavored” spirits. The aroma of Midwest Gin is subtle citrus and floral (lavender?) with very faint black pepper, rosemary and juniper. The taste, also very light, is grassy and floral with only hints of juniper. This delicate gin would have a hard time holding up in many cocktails, but served on its own or with just a bit of seltzer or soda, it is very enjoyable. Of particular note, 45th Parallel will soon be releasing a gin under their 45th Parallel label (entirely grain to glass) that we’re extremely excited about!

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