A gin aged in beer barrels has been released by Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin through a collaboration with Yorkshire brewer Theakston.
Barrel Blended Gin is made with the same gin which has been rested in barrels that previously held Theakston’s beer and then bottled as a special edition at 42% ABV. It is due to be released this autumn.
The first batch was left in the barrel for eight months and then blended 50/50 with unaged gin. The Masons team will experiment with other ageing periods and blends in future batches.
The collaboration was announced at an event at gin and rum destination Merchant House in Bow Lane in the City of London where Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin was officially launched to the London market alongside its Yorkshire Tea Edition Gin and Lavender Edition Gin.
Karl Mason, co-founder of Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin, said: “As we continue to grow our business and expand our range, breaking into the London market and cultivating our customer base in the capital is a top priority for us.”
Distilled using the traditional London dry gin method in a copper alembic still in Bedale in North Yorkshire, Masons is a small-batch craft gin. In the past six months, it has won gold awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and The People’s Drinks Awards.