Queens Courage is a refined interpretation of Old Tom gin, a style of gin that was very popular in the 1800’s and pre-Prohibition era. As a result, many classic cocktails call for, and can only properly be made with, Old Tom gin. Queens Courage was carefully formulated to work as a key ingredient in a wide variety of cocktails, yet we take such care in selecting our ingredients and distilling the spirit that we think Queens Courage is also smooth enough to enjoy neat or on the rocks.
Queens Courage is a New York spirit. In addition to using New York grains, we use 100% pure New York honey to sweeten our gin, a portion of which comes from rooftops in New York City. Queens Courage also includes a malt component that gives it a luscious mouth-feel and also imparts a subtle malty sweetness. The primary citrus component in Queens Courage is grapefruit that contributes a lovely and unique citrus note, and also adds a slight bitter note that complements the honey used to make Queens Courage an Old Tom gin.
Unlike most gins, Queens Courage’s botanicals are distilled in separate fractions. This allows us to treat each botanical fraction differently to get the best individual flavor from our carefully selected botanicals. We then marry all the components together to get the best unified flavor profile we can. This is a lot of extra work, but we think it is worth it.
A NOTE ABOUT HONEY
We use 100% New York natural honey to add a subtle sweetness to Queens Courage. A portion of our honey comes from rooftops in Queens where we are based. Once we have our own production facility we plan to establish our own apiary of beehives on our roof so we can harvest our own Queens rooftop honey.
Honey is a complex food with many components that add to its unique flavor. We are so proud of the quality of honey that we use, that we have chosen to limit the amount of filtering and processing we do to the honey. This helps us retain the rich character of the honey, and also means that the honey may impart a slight haze to Queens Courage, particularly if a bottle experiences dramatic fluctuations in temperature. This haze is natural and will not impact the flavor of the gin. If you want to clear up the haze, simply give the bottle a vigorous shake at room temperature.