Blaum Bros. Oak Reserve Gin (Batch 2)
Blaum Bros. // Illinois, USA
Not content with the typical bourbon barrels almost exclusively used for cask-aged gin, the Blaum brothers have a wonderful collection of wooden vessels for tinkering the flavors of their spirits. Batch number 2 features mostly ex-bourbon refills, but also incorporates a half-filled ex-Madeira barrel filled with their distillates of juniper, orange, and fennel. Who knows what will land in batch number 3?
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, ex-Madeira
"The color of this gin is on the lighter side of the spectrum of barrel-aged gins and has a blonde hue with light, golden highlights. The nose shows bits of the Madeira’s rich, oxidized caramel and baked orange flavors which add a lifted, floral character that reads quite fresh. Beyond all of this, there is still ample bourbon character with toasted flavors of oak and a touch of baked corn. Although overproof, the finish is clean and the Madeira cask’s sweetness helps incorporate the alcohol. Enjoy on its own as a contemplative gin."