North Shore Distillery
Lake Bluff, IL
North Shore Distillery is owned and operated by husband and wife team Derek and Sonja Kassebaum. While Sonja is out spreading the gospel about their amazing spirits, Derek, as master distiller, spends most of his time with another woman: their still, Ethel. North Shore is becoming increasingly well-known for their extremely high-quality products, which include vodka, Sol (an incredible chamomile and citrus vodka), an absinthe, an aquavit, some limited-edition products and three—yes, three—gins: Distiller’s Gin No. 6, No. 11 and the new Mighty Gin (an overproof version of their No. 6, available only to bars and restaurants).
While their No. 6 gin seems to get most of the attention, we decided to focus on the No. 11. Created in the classic London Dry style (meaning more pronounced juniper), this is a gin-lovers’ gin. The aroma, beyond an obvious alcohol presence, contains distinct juniper and citrus notes. It has a beautifully rounded flavor of juniper, lime, cardamom and anise. No.11 leaves you with a lingering sweetness with an almost spearmint, cool finish. It is another masterpiece by North Shore!