Citadelle Réserve Gin
Citadelle // Cognac, France
An early adopter in 2008, Citadelle has been tinkering with barrel aging their flame-distilled gins for almost as long as anyone else. The original batches just contained the classic recipe aged, but now added botanicals are included most notably genepi. A member of the artemisia family, genepi grows at very high alpine fields and imparts a bit of a fennel character. Another recent innovation has been to introduce a solera system to standardize barrel aging and the peppering in of toasted American oak barrels to compliment the existing collection of Cognac casks. This solera-aged product will now be the standard replacing all Vintage bottlings.
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 TypeCognac, American Oak, Pineau des Charentes refills
"This impressively complex gin pours a light straw color with highlights of pale gold. The aromatics have heady alpine influence with earthy and floral notes of root botanicals and wild violets. The palate has notable richness and initially shows high tones of juniper and toasted ginger before settling into a lingering vanilla and cassia bark spice. A bit of an odd gin with a broad range of flavors that is shown at it’s best served neat."