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
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
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
Willibald Barrel-Aged Gin
92 points
$44.95
Medium golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of cedar, rosemary, grapefruit, lilac, and star anise with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long lemon curd on toast, cracked juniper berries, red peppercorns, and thyme finish. A complex and toasty barrel aged gin that will be excellent in classic cocktails.
92 points $44.95
Copperworks Distilling Company Northwest Cask Finished Gin
92 points
$45
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.
Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin
92 points
$55
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pecan pie, mint chocolate chip ice cream, clove and juniper, and creamy nougat with a velvety, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, swift lemon bar, gingersnap, and vanilla-mint gum finish. An easy-to-use barrel aged gin for craft cocktails and g&t’s.