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 finish with accents of 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
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
94 points
$33.99
Golden amber color. Spicy, creamy aromas of cinnamon-sugar, ginger scone, lemon curd, pumpkin loaf, and buttercream with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length juniper, angelica, challah, and tea with cream finish. Creamy oak and warm spices entice one for another sip of this Barrel Aged Gin pleaser.
Awards: 2019 Best Barrel Aged Gin
94 points $33.99
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
$57
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cinnamon roll, chai latte, gingerbread, and cream soda with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of lemon creme, shortbread, juniper, and black pepper finish. A creamy Barrel Aged Gin that will make a plethora of delicious winter-time cocktails.
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 finish that presents accents of 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 finish conveying notes of 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.
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 finish imparting elements of 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 finish with impressions of 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 finish that shows accents of lemon bar, gingersnap, and vanilla-mint gum finish. An easy-to-use barrel aged gin for craft cocktails and g&t’s.
Bainbridge Heritage Oaked Organic Doug Fir Gin
91 points
$38.95
Bright gold color. Funky aromas of sourdough starter, parmesan rind, tomato-herb focaccia, plantain peel, black beans, and spent dill with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, delightful, buoyant green peppercorn, banana soufflé, juniper, lemon peel, and caramel finish. A funky barrel-aged gin for shaking up the night.
91 points $38.95