Idle Hands Collection

A LITTLE INTRODUCTION...

We’re full of great product ideas, but they’re not all suited for regular production. Sometimes botanical harvests are too lean, sometimes the recipe concept is a little too nerdy, and sometimes we wanna just carpe diem
and not worry about what’s next.

Enter: The Idle Hands Collection.
We make these spirits in tiny batches and hock them in our tasting room.
Hurry on in, cause when they’re out, they’re out!

 

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issue No. 1: aMERICAN génépy

Release Date: March 2018
current status: sold out!
Proof: 89.62º

Génépy, meaning wormwood in French and Italian, is a liqueur traditionally  produced in the southern Alps. While the Pacific Northwest lacks its own tradition of génépy production, its climate endows us with many closely-related aromatic plants which are well suited for a novel American expression of the génépy style. Our American Génépy is based on a local wormwood variety and further perfumed with poplar buds, mint, a hint of foreign spices and a secret blend of local herbs and flowers. After allowing it to rest for a year, we sweetened the spirit and added a touch of saffron for a golden hue. 

Our own research suggests it works quite nicely with a bit of soda before a meal, neat as a nightcap, or in a number of classic cocktails including the Bijou and Last Word. 

 

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issue No. 2: ABSINTHE No. 1

Release Date: march 2019
current status: available
Proof: 122.3º

Our Absinthe is inspired by the traditional "botanical holy trinity" – a classic profile featuring fennel, anise, and wormwood. As usual, we are inspired by the Old-World canon of herbal spirits and we’re so excited to create our take on a personal favorite. This absinthe is a faithful expression of the style which boasts three varieties of fresh wormwood, all grown within five miles of the distillery. The freshness and species selection of the wormwood bestows an uncommon herbaceous depth to this second issue of our Idle Hands collection.

We recommend enjoying our absinthe with an equal part or more of chilled water (to taste) to soften the high-proof spirit and render the famous "louche" effect, wherein the addition of water causes the clear spirit to take on a cloudy opalescence.