The 21st-century gin boom (not to be confused with the far more debaucherous 18th-century Gin Craze) has unearthed loads of styles we never knew we were missing beyond the classic, pine-y London Dry. It was only a matter of time before someone thought to remove the essential gin ingredient, juniper, and focus on everything else gin is known for – those herbaceous botanicals. This is what Sage sets out to be: a low-proof, herbal libation that can only be called "gin-like."
Art in the Age, the Philadelphia-based spirits maker known for reviving old-timey recipes focused on a single flavor (its first release, Root, is based on 18th-century root tea), has captured the essence of gin in a complex spirit that is full of, as its name implies, sage. This booze is based on the post-colonial, pre-industrial tradition of "garden gin," a homemade liquor that is steeped in herbs from the garden, to individual taste. Like those garden spirits, Sage is not technically a gin – it doesn't have the requisite juniper – but instead it has a crisp, clear spirit steeped in angelica, fennel, licorice root, and pine, as well as elderberry, lavender, spearmint, and rosemary.