BBaF Podcast: Botanical Driven Spirits & LA Terroir with AMASS Distiller Morgan McLachlan

Listen to Episode 106: Botanical Driven Spirits & LA Terroir with AMASS Distiller Morgan McLachlan

This week’s guest on the Bit by a Fox Podcast is Morgan McLachlan, co-founder and master distiller behind Los Angeles based distillery The Spirit Guild and AMASS.

Photo by Cara Robbins

AMASS is Morgan’s most recent project and it takes inspiration from the vast botanicals that grow and are indigenous to Southern California, making for a gin that has 29 different botanicals that include everything from California bay leaf to Lion’s Mane Mushrooms.

Photo by Carlos Moscat
Photo by Cara Robbins

They have now expanded to include body care and home goods using those same botanicals.

Morgan and I discussed everything from Los Angeles terroir, our Pacific Northwest roots, and how she likens the technique and art of distilling to her time in the film industry behind the camera. 

Photo by Tiffany Chan

This week’s featured cocktail is the Vesper using AMASS Gin & Vodka: 

AMASS Vesper
3 oz AMASS Gin
1 oz AMASS Vodka
1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc Aperitif
garnish: lemon twist

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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