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
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.
Awards: 2020 Best Barrel Aged Gin
Copperworks Distilling Company Northwest Cask Finished Gin Release No. 045
95 points
Amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of grand marnier dipped fruit cake with walnuts, cashew brittle, exotic woods, and conditioned suede with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, very complex, very long finish with nuances of honeyed juniper, menthol mint lozenge, cherry cola, and mango pepper chutney. A great barrel aged gin with cascading waves of flavor and finesse.
An Dúlamán Santa Ana Armada Strength Barrel Aged Gin
95 points
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.
Cathedral Ledge Distillery Barrel Aged Gin
94 points
Golden straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat and brittle, rum soaked fruit cake a la mode, powdery anisette cookies, and tomato chutney with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of orange-bergamot chutney, mace, and cashew brittle. A rock solid barrel-aged gin that will be quite versatile.
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Solera Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
94 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cola float, wet oak, wax, and spice cake with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree finish with accents of spiced candied nuts, banana bread, and cedar. A supple and elegant barrel aged gin with a delicious range of well balanced flavors.
Rehorst Bottled in Bond Barrel Aged Gin
93 points
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.
Absaroka Double Cask Barrel Aged Gin
92 points
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
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
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.
Rabbit Hole Batch 003 Barrel Finished Gin
89 points
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of bourbon rickhouse, rum soaked tres leche cake, turtles candy, and yeasty pizza dough with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, involved, long finish with notes of maple creme brulee, sarsaparilla, mint chai with honey, and pepper jelly. A flavor-packed barrel-aged gin with plenty to offer gin and whisky fans.