Corsair Experimental Collection: Barrel Aged Gin

Corsair Barrel Aged Gin Bottle

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you probably have already heard and seen some of the gins in Corsair’s line of spirits reviewed already.

The fact that there are even three offerings in gin to review is a testament to the level of experimentation  and creativity that Corsair Artisan Distillers line of spirits shows. For example, among their other offerings (that aren’t gin) they have an Oatmeal Stout and Chocolate Mocha Porter whiskey, a spiced rum, pumpkin spice moonshine, and a vanilla bean infused vodka. While I’m often excited to see a distillery try one gin, Corsair has pushed it to a new level offering three different gins.

How does their experimental barrel aged gin hold up? Let’s delve forth. First, we sip it neat.

The nose is a little heavy on ethanol. You can definitely tell there’s some alcohol in here. But if you back away, and waft it a bit, you can pick out some citrus and a sweet sugary note of vanilla. Not a whole lot of oak or aged notes on the nose, it surely doesn’t overwhelmingly strike you as aged, or even gin at that rate. It smells inviting though.

The taste is where the juniper hits you. Juniper up front and in the finish. A little bit of an acidic tenor, lemon and orange with a spicy tang. The vanilla was strong on the nose, but is rather backed off on in the taste. The taste is gin like for sure, a little more amped up on the juniper than their mainline gin offering.

That being said, the underlying gin spirit feels less overwhelmingly herbal than the batch I previously reviewed, and this one seems to have a whole lot more juniper going on. There’s an underlying nutty flavor, almost spiced and candied walnuts in the base. I don’t think there’s walnuts in here as a botanical, but that flavor seems to be coming out of the aging.

Rather unique among aged gins is the choice of barrel. Corsair Artisan Spirits makes a spiced rum, and for this batch they’ve used those barrels for aging their gin. I haven’t had their rum so its hard to say for certain I’m picking out notes that remind of spiced rum, but perhaps in the spices, perhaps in the aging, but there’s an interesting warmth in this gin.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this gin. It has enough of the gin character to appeal to gin drinkers, and enough unique notes from aging to make it a unique take on the gin. If I can express one reservation,  I expected a little more vanilla to come off in the taste the way it came off on the nose; however, that shouldn’t take away from it. Corsair’s Barrel Aged Gin is good, unique, and offers a bit of a different character than many of the other aged gins out on the market.

Price: $40/ 750 mL
[flag code=”US” size=”16″ text=”no”] Tennessee, United States
Best consumed:
Great neat, good on the rocks, and a good Martinez gin too.
Availability: Some states and available nation-wide online.
Rating: An enjoyable craft Aged Gin with enough depth and flavor to appeal even the drinker who is a little weary of the aged gin explosion. This is one of the ones that will stick around. The spice might make this an aged gin for the fan of spiced rum even more so than a whiskey drinker. 

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Last updated October 17th, 2012 by Aaron

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