Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in western Nevada has just launched their latest product: Juniper Grove Atrium Gin, and it’s a beaut. It’s botanical-forward with lemon balm and citrus, cardamom and orris root in addition to the juniper, but nicely balanced with nothing overly dominant.
“The inspiration of Atrium was when you are walking through the Sierra Mountains after a rain and you smell the earth, the terroir, the vegetation… and put that into a bottle,” proprietor Christopher Bently tells AIROWS. His distillery is housed in repurposed brick buildings and silos that had previously been a creamery, wool warehouse and granary. Bently Heritage is a rare true estate distillery: they own 2500 acres for growing their own grain.
As for the name Atrium? “We are building a greenhouse to try to grow some of our botanicals in,” Master Distiller John Jeffery explains. “There’s an angelica that is native to the Eastern Sierras. We collected seed and we’re going to cultivate that in the greenhouse.”