Botanica Spiritus Barrel Aged Gin
Botanica Spiritus // California, USA
The inquiring minds at Falcon Spirits wanted to know what a botanical-infused brandy would taste like, thus this barrel-aged gin is made from unaged brandy that was distilled from Northern California grape wines. This is not unprecedented, and the distillery imagines a long history of juniper-infused wines and grape-distilled spirits before Britain’s 1618 embargo on French brandy. For their current endeavor, the spirit is re-distilled with the complete botanical blend before resting in new toasted French Oak barrels for 8 months to a year. After blending, it is bottled at 45% ABV.
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 TypeWhite Oak
"This spirit shows its barrel-raised origins with a beautiful, golden-wheat color. The oak’s influence continues with a nose that carries quite a bit of roasted vanilla character, but is adeptly complimented by an assertive, lemon freshness and a touch of root-driven botanicals. This is a tasty combination of Genever-styled gin and grape brandy that makes for a complex and rewarding sipping spirit, but for a truly indulgent experience mix over ice with one part sweet vermouth for a Martinez/Manhattan mashup that is unbelievably delicious."