Distillery No. 209 Chardonnay-Barrel Reserve Gin
Distillery No. 209 // California, USA
This is one of three barrel-aged gins released in the Fall of 2015 from San Francisco's Distillery No. 209. A nod to their wine-making heritage, they take their flagship gin, which is distilled five times from Midwestern corn and include a mysterious combination of at least 8 botanicals. They then age it for around four months in French oak barrels previously used for the aging of chardonnay wine made by their sister winery, the Rudd Oakville Estate in Napa Valley. It is bottled at 46% 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 Typeex-chardonnay French oak
"Fans of lush, creamy Chardonnay will find lots to love in this unique offering from the San Francisco bay. The botanicals are somewhat muted aromatically by the very present aromas toasted vanilla bean and baked apple pie. A hint of juniper and citrus peak through on the rich, full-bodied palate, but the main flavors are of hard butterscotch candy, creme brûlée, and a hint of old-fashioned cinnamon stick candy. A tasty drop on its own, but its sweetness may prove hard to balance in cocktails."