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

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Aged Gin
96 points
$32
Light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of brown sugar coconut cookies, sweet orange tea cakes, shortbread, toffee, marmalade, clove, and cinnamon-juniper jelly with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, complex, medium-long finish. A tasty balance of warming spices, sweet citrus and buttery bakery notes make this a great Barrel-Aged Gin for sipping, mixing and more.
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.
An Dúlamán Santa Ana Armada Strength Barrel Aged Gin
95 points
$49
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of moist raisin cake, grilled stone fruits, honeyed herbs, and kid leather with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish with notes of spiced candied citrus peels, violet pastilles, and pink pepper and caramel chews. A rich and complex Barrel-Aged Gin that will inspire endless cocktail experimentation.
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Solera Reserve Barrel Rested Gin
94 points
$52
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cola and ginger ale, toffee, toasted rice and ginger tea, and oily black walnut with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long finish with accents of cola float and ginger custard. An elegant Barrel-Aged Gin with an appealing interplay of creamy spice, nut and herbal notes.
Rehorst Bottled in Bond Barrel Aged Gin
93 points
$49
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, pound cake, cinnamon buttercream, lime curd, tangerine peel, and hints of leather with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish evoking notes of cracked juniper, peppercorns, cedar, and toffee finish. A rich, herbal, and tasty Barrel Aged Gin to sip on the rocks or serve in a wide array of upscale cocktails.
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.
Absaroka Double Cask Barrel Aged Gin
92 points
$48
Light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of fresh baked carrot cake and mincemeat pie, exotic peppercorns, horchata, and polished wood with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish with accents of dark roasted nuts, spiced mangos and papayas, and orange blossom and herb honey. A superb Barrel-Aged Gin bursting with a cornucopia of flavors.
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.
Boone County Jail Barrel Aged Gin
90 points
$29
Golden straw color. Aromas of lemon balm, ruby red grapefruit, gardenia, earl grey tea, and sage with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, complex, long root beer, candied orange, baked peach, and juniper finish. A distinctive flavor journey of a Gin; a perfumed, powdery floral nose leads into a robust and spicy palate.
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.