90 Proof (ABV 45%)
Crystal Springs Gin is the newest spirit to join our Craft Spirit library. Carefully crafted from Montana’s finest red wheat, the base spirit is a crisp beginning. The final stage of distillation introduces our lineup of juniper and a myriad of other botanicals. The finished spirit is then cut to 90 proof using water sourced directly from Crystal Springs just south of Havre, Montana. Enjoy as a martini or find that perfect gin cocktail. We suggest a refreshing gin and tonic on the deck at the lake, at the trail head or on the bank of the river. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Having grown up in the Rattlesnake, Missoula’s northern neighborhood that is bisected by the crystal clear Rattlesnake Creek, naming our craft distillery Rattlesnake Creek Distillers was a natural fit. We are two brothers that thrive on creating Montana made Spirits that incorporate the “Craft” label. Everything we produce here at RCD starts in its purest form and leaves the door an excellent “Craft” spirit. We source our grains from Montana’s hardworking farmers, transforming them into premium Craft spirits. Truly a farm to bottle experience. We distill in small batches, controlling every aspect of the process from grain to glass. Each Batch creates 200-250 bottles which are hand labeled and marked with batch and bottle numbers. Dan’s perfect engineering styled lettering can be found on each bottle
At the turn of the century, the burgeoning community of Missoula recognized the need for concrete sidewalks and began securing contractors to pour them in earnest. As a condition of the contracts let by the City, builders were required to identify their work with a name and date in order to track the work for warranty purposes. This requirement gave rise to the use of concrete stamps. Our maternal great-grandfather, James Skahan, entered the fray, pulling his first permit in 1909. His initial stamp was circular in configuration bearing his name, a date and the term “MAKER”. The decal on the Still Room window mimics that design. Sometime in the 1920’s, the stamp evolved into the form appearing in the chunk of sidewalk incased in the hallway floor, which was salvaged from Missoula’s west side. By the ‘50’s, our grandfather, Frip Skahan, headed the company and was Missoula’s contractor of choice for sidewalk construction. His crews would pour concrete in the morning, then grade and build forms for the next day’s pour in the afternoon. The pace of construction allowed for completion of ½ a city block per day. Building sidewalks at that rate soon made Skahan “The most walked on name in Missoula.”
With a light juniper nose and a clean citrus-floral finish, Crystal Springs Gin promises an invigorating twist on an old classic.
Crystal Spring Gin, English Cucumber, simple. Martini Style
Crystal Springs Gin, Tonic and OJ. Dedicated to our dear friend Mike Illi.
MINT GIN RICKY
Crystal Springs Gin, muddled mint, splash of soda.