This Year’s Autumn Gin Reimagines What Gin Can Be With Notes of Fall Flavor Fit for the Season

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY – September 16, 2020 – Since restoring the Old Taylor Distillery in 2014, the founders of Castle & Key Distillery have been committed to reimagining how Kentucky spirits are presented to the world by producing unique expressions each year. In keeping with this approach, Castle & Key releases its third limited-edition seasonal gin, Autumn 2020 London Dry Gin, which sets itself apart from other gins by its smokey, woodsy flavor, created through a combination of 12 botanicals, including some that haven’t been used in Castle & Key recipes before. Castle & Key’s Autumn 2020 London Dry Gin will be available this month in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee.

“Our Autumn 2020 Gin reimagines what traditional gin is by adding an element of smoke and woodsy tones, similar to those seen in mezcals and peated whiskies,” says Jon Brown, Quality Manager at Castle & Key Distillery. “This release required 12 unique botanicals, like Cedar Leaf, Spicebush, Caraway and Orris Root, in order to create balance and allow the flavors to blend together, and we look forward to continuing to create diversity in the market by focusing on producing high-quality spirits rather than focusing on consistency.”

Castle & Key Autumn 2020 Gin Tasting Notes:
(49% ABV; 750ml, $35.99; 11,400 bottles produced)
● Aroma: Highlighted by bright cedar and wildflowers, accompanied by red tea and orange peel, with a slight peppery roast, and hints of campfire in the background
● Taste: Woodsy with a subtle and complex spice background that is rounded out by sweet tea, citrus and just a hint of smoke
● Finish: Slight roast and drying

Black Negroni Cocktail
1.5oz Autumn 2020 Gin
.75oz Campari
.75oz Averna
Stir with ice in a rocks glass, garnish with orange peel

For information about Castle & Key’s spirit offerings or site experience, please visit or follow @CastleandKey on Instagram.


Castle & Key is steeped in Kentucky distilling history, and yet also presents a reimagining of Kentucky spirits for the future. In 2014, Castle & Key Founding Partners Will Arvin and Wes Murry, two industry outsiders, purchased and began restoring the The Old Taylor Distillery, which had fallen to ruin after decades of neglect, with a vision of creating an immersive distillery experience. Castle & Key is now committed to identifying the best barrels for production each year, which leads to producing quality spirits that have a different flavor profile each year.

Located at 4445 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY, Castle & Key has become a popular travel destination for spirits and history enthusiasts as it offers tours of the many historical parts of the property including, the Boiler Room, Taylorton Station, Counter 17, the Springhouse and the Botanical Trail, as well as explorations of its production process and guided tastings. For more information visit

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