About Barrel Aged Gin

About Barrel Aged Gin
Barrel-aged gin has become a trendy spirit produced by numerous artisan distillers in America. Actually they are bringing this tradition back as barrel-aged gin has been made on the Spanish island of Menorca for more than two hundred years, with white oak barrels being the preferred vessel.

The current barrel-aged gins made in America have a brown color, derived from the bourbon barrels in which it is matured. This technique gives these gins aromas of vanilla and caramel.

These gins are served either over ice or serve as the base of cocktails such as an Old Fashioned or Manhattan.

Top Picks for Barrel Aged Gin

Vapor Distillery Boulder Ginskey
96 points
$40
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of fine furniture, lavender studded caramel, cinnamon candies, licorice, ginseng, and allspice dram with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long cracked juniper, eucalyptus-vanilla, gardenia incense, creme de violette, fresh cut grass, and good n plenty candies finish. A delicious and complex, spice-bomb of a barrel-aged gin that will add a hybrid of bourbon and gin flavors to your cocktail repertoire.
Awards: 2018 Best Barrel Aged Gin
Distillery No. 209 Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin
95 points
$59.99
Gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of grilled oranges, juniper and ginger root, caramel sauce on whipped cream, and sage and cinnamon sticks with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length caramelized mango, sea salt, rose petal and cedar plank, and mixed peppercorn finish. A classic barrel aged gin for timeless cocktails.
Awards: 2017 Best Barrel Aged Gin
95 points $59.99
Rehorst Barrel Reserve Gin
95 points
$39
Light gold color. Bright, attractive aromas of spumoni gelato, egg nog, and mint cookie with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long brown spices, juniper and lemon candy, pepper, and cedar finish with light oak. A spot on barrel aged gin that balances creamy spicy oak and sweet citrus and juniper notes brilliantly.
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$49.99
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of lemon-poppyseed muffin, pistachio and almond baklava, Jamaican rum, juniper wood, toasted coconut, and toasted buttermilk biscuit with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length salted toffee, crispy sage, custard tart, and smoked earl grey tea finish. An elegant, decadent, nuanced Barrel Aged Gin for sipping or cocktails.
93 points $49.99
Ginskey Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$42
Brilliant gold color. Spicy, tropical aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, vanilla creme Anglaise, allspice berries, and juniper with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, elaborate, medium-long black pepper, quinine, hibiscus and mango, and lime leaf and mint tea finish. Fun, tiki-like flavors make this a great choice for cocktails with personality.
Valentine Liberator Old Tom Barrel-Rested Gin
93 points
$48
Brilliant golden amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon and cedar, apricot, pumpkin puree, and nutmeg and mace with a slightly chewy, dryish medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long vanilla egg nog and fresh cracked juniper finish. An autumnal barrel aged gin for stirred craft cocktails; try it on a whiskey or rum lover.
Hat Trick Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$35.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Delicate, nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of peanut and cashew brittles, toasted meringue, whole grain raisin baguette, and dusty herbs and pepper with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length raisin barn in cream, spice cake, citrus custard, and honeyed juniper finish. A very tasty and appealing barrel-aged gin that hits all the right notes.
93 points $35.99
Oola Barrel Finished Gin
93 points
$48.95
Clear slivery straw color. Bright, fruity, interesting aromas of peach granola, 7-up float, and white chocolate mint cookie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long lemon pepper, candied spiced nuts, vanilla cola, and fruit punch powder finish. A harmonious marriage of creamy oak and fruity, spicy, and herbal gin notes.
93 points $48.95
Corsair Major Tom
93 points
$35
Brassy yellow color. Aromas of carrot cake, marinated cucumber, orange marmalade, and spiced nuts with supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a dusty cinnamon, vanilla nougat, cola, and peppery spice finish. Flavorful and a great choice for fall and winter cocktails.
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
92 points
$34.90
Bright golden yellow color. Interesting, toasty, woody aromas and flavors of creme brulee, cedar mulch, suede, and pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, intricate, long spiced orange and melon, mixed peppercorns, juniper-mint cream on raisin rye toast, and toffee finish. A vivacious barrel aged, rye-like gin that retains the spicy, racy character of its gin base; try in gin on rye cocktails.
92 points $34.90