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St. George Terroir Gin

(70cl, 45%)

St. George Terroir Gin

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St. George Terroir Bottling Note

Many of us here at MoM Towers have wanted to visit California, but for one reason or another, we've not hopped on a plane just yet (I think it's mostly for fear of grizzly bears and not being able to get a proper cup of tea).

However, the wonderful folks at St. George Spirits have provided us the next best thing, the Terroir Gin! Now in a 70cl bottle, its botanical selection of Douglas Fir, Coastal sage and Californian bay laurel gives it a magical nose that makes you really feel like you're stood in a Californian forest (with no chance of a grizzly sneaking up on you as an added bonus!).

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: You're out in nature. In a forest to be precise, surrounded by Douglas firs and woodsy herbal aromas.

Palate: Fresh, with more fir, pine and bay laurel alongside the coastal sage. Well-structured and moreish.

Finish: Evocative and very long with citrus and lingering herbaceous notes.

Overall: A huge favourite of ours, it's just so evocative. Superb stuff.

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St. George Terroir Gin Reviews

Like a mouthful of earth

Yug! Tastes like dirt. Not really a Gin in the classic sense. As your review points out, wood dominates the flavor profile.

1st May 2020

Absolutely the taste of the CA coast

Love Terroir Gin as a Californian. Yes indeed, it evokes a cool spring day in the Mendocino forest near the coast. Exactly. And I love it. And no need to worry about Grizzlies. Have not set foot in CA for over 100 years. Lots of friendly Black Bears on my property in the fall, but one must travel to Montana and Wyoming to find a Grizz. Wonderful gin that goes too fast. Easily available here in the Golden State

6th April 2020

Perfect, but not for purists

I think this is my favorite gin of all time. I'm California born and bred, and this stuff has nailed the character of our conifer forests so completely that after every sip, I can close my eyes and feel like I'm on a favorite mountain hike the day after a good rain. Even a hint of the the earthy scent of wet loam and bark comes through the abundance of pine needles, smattering of black sage, and savory whiff of bay. This stuff transports me, and if you've ever come to spend time in the California wilderness, it will bring you back here, too.

Terroir is different. It is its own thing. It has a distinct sense of place, and it isn't interchangeable with every day gin. To me, that's what makes it perfect. In fact I think it exemplifies the best thing about gin -- apart from juniper, there are no real rules. Gin CAN be about a particular place in such an explicit way, even more so than wine can. St. George does it with California coastal redwood, Inverroche does it with the South African Fynbos. Regular gin is fine, but for me this is gin's true purpose exemplified.

24th December 2019

Not for me

Tastes like pine sawdust...not for me.

16th December 2019

2 stars for "interesting"

Tastes like mouthwash. Nasty shit. Wouldn't buy it. It was a gift. Apparently the gifter didn't taste it either. If this is supposed to taste like the Forest, a bear shit in the woods.

25th May 2019

Martini Naked

A world apart. The best naked Martini I ever had. Superb.

29th April 2019

Love it

Distinct flavouring (sage) may not be to everyone's taste but this is fresh, strong and fabulous! One of my favourite gins.

27th April 2019

overpowering sage flavor

Palate is completely overpowered by the very strong sage flavor. I don't know how the other comments notice anything else. Maybe they've never tasted sage before. This should be branded as "St. George Sage Gin."

It drinks smooth and doesn't have nasty flavors or textures, so I guess it's a decent gin if you want an explicitly sage flavored spirit. Otherwise I'd recommend against it.

10th January 2019

If only there were grizzlies in California!

This gin is superb! Complex, balanced, delish! To the chaps at MoM: don’t let your fear of grizzlies keep you from visiting us in California — we haven’t had grizzlies here for more than 100 years! (You have to go to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, or Alaska for a grizzly.) The same folks who make Terrior Gin also make an incredible single malt scotch, but good luck ever finding any. Cheers!

6th January 2019

Wonderful - truly wonderful!

I had a bottle on my bar - prepared gin and tonic w/lime, sat down and finished reading a document. Forgot about the drink for 10 minutes or so - picked up, took a sip and WOW!!!! How wonderful to be surprised again - a truly spectacular flavor within this gin.

5th January 2019


Yuk! Intense sage flavor that tastes like something in soap or potpourri. I might pour the rest of it down the drain. On the positive side, there seems to be alcohol in there.

16th December 2018


This gin is so powerful in the mouth. A unique pine taste and a depth of flavor to the palate. Unique and fantastic

1st November 2018


As most of the other reviewers point out: this gin is both very unique, and very delicious. Plain, in drinks, it doesn't matter, you're transported to the forest. My favorite gin.

17th December 2017

Makes California Proud

There is a nice note of juniper in this gin as well as the other notable botanicals. My one wish is that it was a bit drier. It makes a good G&T with 1 part gin to 2 parts (real) tonic, about a teaspoon of fresh-squeezed lime juice. Garnish with a slice of lime 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick, twisted before placing.

1st August 2017

Really good

Tried for the first time today, I am normally a single malt whiskey drinker but I am drinking St George Gin over ice with a squeeze of lime and a dash of soda.its hot and humid here in Adelaide today and this Gin I am drinking is fantastic

4th February 2017

F. King Great

Love, love, love this! IT makes a perfect "Perfect Dirty Martini " 1 shot Terrior Gin, 1 shot vodka, olive juice & dry vermouth to taste.

27th October 2016


What do you say - should I try this, eh? Sit on the bay, eat some hay, make things out of clay? I just may...

14th October 2016


Absolutely, 100%, my favourite gin. Not for cocktails, sprig of rosemary and tonic... perfect. Absolutely LOVE this gin :D

24th July 2016


Loved the complex woodsy flavor that lasted long on the palate

30th April 2016

Essence of Mt. Tamalpais

I live in the area, and can attest that this is very much like drinking a lovely hike on Mount Tam, or even Big Sur.

Do not expect this to make itself at home in your classic martini or even your gin and tonic. Try the sample, and see how you like it; this is more of a standalone sipping gin, if there is such a thing; for that, it is a tour de force. Or concoct something just for this gin. This is California's coast in a bottle, rugged, delicate, dramatic. If you're seeking a cocktail gin from St. George, try the Botanivore.

6th March 2016

Mr G Towns

Absolutely beautiful a gin that transports your taste buds to forests of California along with the perfume of a perfect Gin.

2nd January 2016

Great gin!

I picked up a bottle of this while visiting San Francisco and Alameda, turns out it's a great gin. I served it with loads of ice, a good tonic and grapefruit peel. The piney/fir taste makes for a really different gin but different in a good way, balanced out well by the grapefruit peel.
I'd say it's now one of my favourites.

19th November 2014

Douglas fir taste overpowers everything else

I did not like this at all. I tried to but I found the fir taste way too strong and weirdly tangy. I tried to fix the taste my creating a cocktail with blueberries and lemon in it but all I could taste was the fir.

18th July 2014

So fragrant, you can smell the pine....

Had the luck to visit the distillery in Alameda, CA over Chistmas. Andie gave us a tour of their beautiful distillery. This gin is one of the best I've had to date. It is so fragrant, and you can almost smell a forest in every sip. Wonderful with a good, not too sweet tonic.

29th March 2014

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