Gray Whale Gin
Gray Whale Gin delivers a taste of California with savory, local, and sustainable botanical infusions. This Brand Battle winner may become your perfect cocktail companion.
Golden State Distillery is the passion project of husband-wife team Marsh Mokhtari and Jan Livingston. Marsh has lived a life of adventure stretching from Australia to Africa and back again — eventually landing him as an actor in Hollywood. Jan is a creative director in the industry as well. They launched Golden State Distillery in 2016 to some fanfare — winning the Brand Battle at the 75th Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention.
Their first — and so far only — product is Gray Whale Gin. Before the infusions, the core spirits are distilled seven times to ensure that the base spirits achieves neutrality. And they have continued their appreciation for their home state of California by developing a range of botanical infusions that presents a true taste of the Golden State. Specifically, there are six locally-derived botanicals, including Juniper from Big Sur, limes from Baja California, fir tree sprouts from Sonoma, Kombu sea kelp from Mendocino, mint from Santa Clara, and almonds from the Central Valley.
Two of those ingredients we’ve never seen in Gin before. The kelp — a traditional Japanese ingredient — brings a unique umami savoriness while the almonds add a warm nuttiness. Taken all together, this Gin delivers a California flare and lends itself perfectly to the Dirty Martini, the Gibson, and it makes a savory Gin and Tonic.
Proudly, Gray Whale Gin is gluten-free and produced in small batches using sustainable harvesting and production methods. And a portion of all sales go to support eco-friendly projects to preserve and protect the ocean they love.
We believe in gin for good. Good times shared with friends & family while enjoying a taste of California in a glass. We believe in a world where even the small choices we make each day can leave the planet in a better place than we found it.
That’s why every bottle of Gray Whale Gin is made with sustainably sourced ingredients, from local farmers we know; thoughtfully designed with organic paint and a biodegradable cork.
We proudly support ocean conservation efforts through our partnership with Oceana (Oceana is the largest organization in the world solely devoted to marine conservation). We believe in the conservation of our oceans and the incredible creature that inspired it, and the migratory path of Gray Whales so that the majestic creature will continue to make that epic journey for another 30 million years.
With our membership at One Percent for the Planet we’ve pledged to contribute at least 1% of our annual sales to environmental causes.