100 years ago on January 17th 1920, the 18th Amendment in the USA took effect, banning the production, importation, sale and transportation of alcohol nationwide and starting what was to be known as “The Prohibition” era. Whilst Temperance movement activists rejoiced this abstinence, many mourned the death of “John Barleycorn” (an old fashioned name for Alcohol).
Whilst alcohol was banned, it gave rise to a thriving underground of bootleggers, distillers and brewers who used homemade stills and bathtubs to distill liquor, such as beer, whiskey and gin. Traditional saloons and bars closed and speakeasy bars secretly opened in basements and unmarked houses where entry was via secret passwords. These speakeasies were known as gin joints or blind tigers, and they ranged from fancy clubs with jazz bands and ballroom dance floors to dingy backrooms, basements and rooms inside apartments. Doctors too profited from medicinal prescriptions for alcohol and clergymen supplied booze for religious reasons.
But this was also a time of inclusiveness, women were no longer segregated and both women and men revelled in this era, empowering women in the age of the ‘flapper girls’. So began the roaring 20’s and the rise of golden era of cocktails and underground decadence. A time of duality, with the glamorous people who still wanted to enjoy life’s pleasures and the gangsters who made a living from bootlegging and organised crime.
To pay homage to their historic namesake Prohibition Liquor Co have crafted a special limited edition, Prohibition 100 year Anniversary Gin.
This gin embodies a lush and decadent waltz between resinous juniper and late harvest chardonnay grapes from the Adelaide Hills. Herbaceous sage and floral rose dance with local honey and pear, poached during distillation. Vanilla bean, saffron and pink peppercorn round off this lavish drop cresting a delicate natural sweetness. A rich and herbaceous nose hints at fruit and cardamom with mouthfeel of rich lush oils of juniper, vanilla and honey. Whilst this gin dances between fruit, savoury herbs, exotic spice and natural sweetness it still remains a perfect reflection of a London dry style gin.