About Barrel Aged Gin

Serve in a Shot Glass
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
220180
Distillery No. 209
Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin
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.
95 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209816
Rehorst
Barrel Reserve Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219259
Ginskey
Barrel Rested Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219523
Valentine
Liberator Old Tom Barrel-Rested Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217773
Bainbridge
Heritage Oaked Organic Doug Fir Gin
Golden straw color. Spicy, interesting aromas and flavors of egg nog, spiced meringue and yams, and fig-fennel pastry with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, long anise cookie, juniper, and lemon chutney finish. A delicious, spicy, flavor-packed barrel aged gin with lots of interesting cocktail possibilities.
93 points $38.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214608
Hat Trick
Barrel Rested Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210114
Vapor Distillery
Ginskey
Bright amber color. Bold, toasty, creamy aromas of banana salt water taffy, pecan pie, and peppercorn with a glycerous, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intriguing, long juniper, honeyed toast, caramelized fruit, and rich browns spices finish with moderate oak. An interesting and attractive melding of whisky and gin notes with a bitter liqueur like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209732
Oola
Barrel Finished Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205940
Corsair
Major Tom
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218507
Copperworks Distilling Company
Northwest Cask Finished Gin
Golden amber color. Spicy, minty aromas and flavors of pine needles, Turkish delight, saffron, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and wintergreen with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, long caramelized soft fruits, juniper marinade, cigar wrapper, and waxy oak finish. A rich and full barrel aged gin that hits all the right notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab