Chicago Distilling Company was founded by a trio of DiPrizio family members— brothers Jay and Vic, along with Jay’s wife Noelle. The distillery was opened in 2010 an Finn’s Gin was one of their first products.
The botanicals are added to neutral grain spirit and macerated before undergoing a single distillation in a German-built copper pot still.
Finn’s Gin has a creamy spice to it on the nose. Cardamom is the star, but hibiscus and orange round things out.
On the palate, the entry is creamy and rich. Suggestions of vanilla custard and fine grated orange zest early. The mid-palate of Finn’s Gin is where the spice really comes through. Fresh opened cardamom pods burst forth, and then evolve to become a bit more suggestive of chai tea with spicy background notes.
Now the finish is where I get a piquant spice that almost cools the palate like eating a Szechuan peppercorn. Cooling illusion aside— the flavor of the peppercorns is loud and clear with a peppery base that calls to mind Tellicherry peppercorns.