Blaum Bros. Oak Reserve Gin (Batch 1)
Blaum Bros. // Illinois, USA
Located in the very northwest corner of Illinois, the Blaum Brothers Distilling Co. make a range of craft spirits. With a focus on gin and whiskey, it’s no surprise that eventually some of those gins would find themselves in a barrel. Make no mistake, this is not a simple system of reusing their bourbon barrels, but rather a complex network of different barrel types combined to create a “Reserve Gin” series with each batch benefiting from a different composition of oak types. For this inaugural batch, two ex-bourbon barrels are married with two heavily-toasted new oak barrels.
Barrel-Aged GinGin which spends some time in barrels, generally not more than a few months at a time, although there is no legal definition for this style.
Cask Typeex-bourbon, new heavily-toasted oak barrels
"The heavy toast is immediately perceptible with a nose of roasted vanilla bean and baked sawdust. The palate holds similar flavors but also shows an assertive herbal streak of fennel and spicy coriander and cinnamon. This is a high-proof spirit, and more spice shows in the long, woody finish that is slightly tempered with flavors of rich creamed corn. A gin for bourbon drinkers if there ever was one."