Thistle Finch Distillery has added Market Alley Gin to its lineup.
The distillery’s white rye whiskey is impressive, so it didn’t come as a surprise that Market Alley is equally full of handcrafted goodness.
The bottle and label design are clean and crisp — easy to read and easy to handle. The label art pays homage to fraktur, a style of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. The emerald wax seal excited me for all the bright botanicals this gin has in store.
True to style, the piney resin of juniper is front and center in both nose and taste. The juniper nose is laced with strong citrus sharpness, and I catch faint whiffs of cedar and leather.
Market Alley Gin starts out soft in the mouth and opens up with bold juniper and citrus. It finishes with a clean bitterness. I tested this straight up, but also made a martini with Williams-Sonoma yuzu-Meyer lemon cocktail mixer and a gin and tonic with lime twist. I’d have them all again for the complex refreshment this gin offers.
Find Market Alley Gin at Thistle Finch Distillery, 417 W. Grant St., Lancaster.
Proof: 80 (40% abv)
Batch reviewed: Batch 1, bottle 66
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(Edited to show correct proof.)