By: Savannah Smith | 08-13-2017 | News
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Gin and Liqueurs from Durham, North Carolina Making Waves

If it keeps winning award then it must be good. People are starting to notice the spirits at Durham Distillery because it has been garnering numerous awards.

Durham Distillery started in 2013 after Lee Katrincic, head distiller and co-owner listened to his wife’s push. He continues to work full-time for now outside the distillery as a pharmaceutical chemist, but he’s eyeing the business of spirits-making his full-time preoccupation.

One of the products that’s making them known and appreciated is the Conniption gin. Katrincic said on the 919 Beer Podcast: “The Navy Strength Conniption gin really put us on the map as a gin distillery.

It has become an award-winning top-shelf gin, too. The Conniption gin took home double gold- the highest award- from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. With more savory flavors than the distillery’s American Dry Gin, the juniper-forward Navy Strength melts from rosemary to bay leaves and notes of rye bread. Those powerful combinations all help in making the Conniption gin what Katrincic describes as a “gin-lovers gin.”

The Durham Distillery website also describes the gin as “enticingly intense yet surprisingly balanced.” It sells for nearly $40 per 750 ml bottle. It has already piled up almost a dozen awards including last year’s “Best Gin” from New York World Wine & Spirits.

Durham Distillery is also now producing a cucumber vodka and liqueurs. Their coffee and chocolate liqueurs earned bronze medals in San Francisco. The two are bottled under their Damn Fine label.

The Damn Fine Liqueur Chocolate is made up of premium dark chocolate from Raleigh’s Videri Chocolate Factory and is blended with vodka, cream turbinado sugar, and Madagascar vanilla to create what they describe as “one damn fine liqueur.” A 375 ml bottle costs almost $25.

The Damn Fine Liqueur Coffee starts with a handcrafted cold-brew from Raleigh’s Slingshot Coffee Company sweetened with a hint of orange blossom honey and local molasses to allow the coffee’s flavor to shine. The website further describes it as “full, silky and naturally sweetened- but just enough- making it a coffee connoisseur’s dream liqueur.

Katrincic without hesitation shares that the pair of gins and vodka slip effortlessly into cocktails.


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