Wine Enthusiast Magazine selects Batch 206 Counter Gin as “1 of 11 American Gins to Try”

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine selects Batch 206 Counter Gin as “1 of 11 American Gins to Try”

Seattle, July 22, 2014: The July issue of WINE ENTHUSIAST Magazine has recognized Batch 206 Distillery’s Counter Gin as one of 11 Must Try American Gins, scoring 91 points from the esteemed publication. Counter Gin was the 5th highest scoring American Gin of 2014 and the top scoring Gin from the West Coast.

Of Counter Gin, Wine Enthusiast writes “The gingerbread-like aroma entices with a fleeting whiff of nutmeg and baking spice, while the palate zings with grapefruit-peel bitterness and lemon verbena. The mouthwatering finish harmoniously echoes the spicy notes detected in the aroma: anise, cardamom, baking spice, and a final dose of citrus, all smoothed over by a cucumber-like freshness.”

Asked for reaction, owner Jeff Steichen commented “It’s been quite a month, our Distillery was just featured by the Washington Wine Commission at the Aspen Food and Wine Show in Colorado and our unique style of Gin seems to be receiving accolades from all the right sources!” In addition to the Wine Enthusiast article, the venerated Gin blog, The Gin Is in, also just published a glowing review of Counter Gin, rating it 4/5 stars. Steichen went on to comment “It’s also great to see another distillery from Seattle, our friends at Copperworks, be included on the list as well, must be our long rainy winters.”

Counter Gin begins as Batch 206’s flagship vodka. Then, the eight botanicals are steeped in the vodka for 36 hours. Counter Gin contains juniper berries from Albania, whole cucumbers from Seattle’s Pike Place Market, tarragon and verbena leaves from Provence, lavender flowers from Sequim, Washington, and orange peel from Seville, Spain, along with Floridian Meyer lemon peel, the complex botanical composition of the COUNTER GIN infusion makes it an enigmatic original. The infusion is then re-distilled to make Counter Gin.


Opened in March 2012, Batch 206 Distillery is an 8,000 square foot distillery located in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Out of 85+ distilleries in the state of Washington, Batch 206 Distillery is currently one of the top 5 distilleries in the state for both production and sales. Batch 206 Distillery is a true small batch artisan facility, hand crafting their products in small batches on a 1,000 liter, handmade Kothe still. Batch 206 is owned and operated by Jeff Steichen and his wife Daleen Esterhuizen. Batch 206 products are currently available in 17 states, Canada and Singapore, Asia.

Batch 206 Distillery currently produces Counter Gin, newly released Barrel Rested Old Tom Counter Gin, Batch 206 Vodka, Mad Mint Vodka, See 7 Stars Moonshine (Original, Apple Pie, Peach Pie, Cherry Pie) and Barrel Raider Bourbon.

In Washington, Counter Gin can be found on the shelves of Trader Joes, Costco, Total Wine & More, BevMo, Met Markets, Whole Foods, Select QFC’s, 50+ Independent Retailers as 200+ bars, restaurants and hotels.