American gins aged in wine barrels released in UK

No 209 Barrel Reserve Gins

Three limited-edition gins aged in French oak wine barrels have been released by San Francisco’s Distillery No 209 in the UK.

Distributor Hi-Spirits has secured an allocation of the gins which are aged for periods of a few months in casks from the distillery’s sister business, the Rudd Oakville Estate winery in the Napa Valley.

No 209 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gin takes on an elegant copper colour during the ageing process and brings hints of citrus, spice and subtle wine notes, with chocolate and oak on the finish.

No 209 Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin has gained a sunny, straw colour and offers an initial citrus tang, followed by floral notes of lavender, rose and camomile.

No 209 Chardonnay Barrel Reserve Gin is the latest expression in the US range. It has a subtle, straw-like colour, with slight fruit sweetness, toasty oak flavours and a pronounced butterscotch note.

Dan Bolton, managing director of Hi-Spirits, said: “The combination of distilling and winemaking experience makes the No 209 Barrel Reserve Gins unique, and the care and craft that have gone into barrel ageing gives each of them a very special character.

“No 209 is already has a reputation as a ‘mixologist’s gin’, and the wine flavour notes added by the barrel-ageing process means that each variety brings something unique to the full range of gin cocktails, from the gin and tonic to classics such as the Negroni and Martini.

“We’re very pleased to have a limited UK allocation of these very special gins. As well as appealing to the bar professionals and aficionados who already enjoy No 209 Gin, there’ll be strong interest from those looking for something genuinely different within the gin category.”

Each No 209 Barrel Reserve Gin is 46% ABV and comes in a customised version of the distinctive 75cl No 209 bottle, with a recommended price in retail of £59.95.

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