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

District Made Barrel Rested Ivy City Gin
96 points
$39
Gold color. Interesting aromas of yuzu marmalade on waffles, spiced toffee, warm cinnamon rolls, good and plenty, honey-roasted macadamia nuts, black pepper, and juniper jelly with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long allspice, candied ginger, lime leaf, toasted coconut, apricot preserves, and custard-filled pastry finish. A complex, lengthy Barrel-Aged Gin that will make stupendous stirred cocktails; dive into a pour of this flavor bomb to discover notes of citrus, spice, pastry and more.
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
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
95 points
$33.99
Gold color. Aromas of chrysanthemum, cinnamon-spiced toffee, caramel-laden pecan, bergamot, and cardamom with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elaborate, long vanilla, tonka bean, and white tea finish. A creamy, decadent Barrel-Aged Gin that offers beautiful integration of botanicals and oak; balanced, sophisticated and delicious.
95 points $33.99
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Solera Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
93 points
$52.99
Gold color. Aromas of animal crackers, sweet almond pastry, baklava, thyme, honey, and gentle hint of juniper with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long sweet butter-pecan cheesecake, lemon custard, and frosted doughnut finish. A creamy, pillowy Barrel-Aged Gin; a unique oaked spirit for distinctive cocktail play.
93 points $52.99
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.
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
Cadée Epic Sht Bourbon Barrel Finished Gin
91 points
$42
Straw color. Aromas of cracked pepper, honeysuckle, lemon custard, grilled pineapple, buttermilk pie, and candied ginger with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long caramel corn, juniper tisane, caramel, and dried flowers finish. A delicate and gratifying Barrel-Aged Gin that will play well in stirred cocktails.
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
Chemist Barrel Rested Aged Gin
89 points
$38
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of molasses-clove cookie, frosted spice cake, cola float, and orange blossom water with a creamy, crisp, dryish medium body and a complex, medium-long finish. Balanced and craveable; give this Barrel-Aged Gin a try in stirred cocktails or simply pour over ice.
Treaty Oak Antique Waterloo Barrel-Aged Gin
89 points
$29.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, cinnamon roll, egg nog, and cola with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, complex, medium-long finish displaying accents of ginger, allspice, juniper, and hot cinnamon candies finish. A smooth, oak-kissed barrel-aged gin with great depth of flavor; whip up holiday cocktails with this creamy-spicy crowd pleaser.
89 points $29.99