Atelier Vie takes their much-awarded Euphrosine #9 Gin [review coming very soon] and rests it in white oak barrels that had a former life holding American whiskey. The spirit has taken on a lovely goldenrod hue from its time in barrels and has added some lovely oak notes to the grain base and signature 9 botanical blend of the original.
Pleasant oak/barrel notes present mixed on the nose, giving it that tinge of whiskey-like goodness that a good barrel aged gin should have.
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White wine, meet red.
Earlier we reviewed No. 209’s Savignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin, and we were quite a fan of its novel take on Aged Gin. This is the red wine version of that same gin, this time rested in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels.
Its color is a rich deep shade of golden brown, close to an almond shell. It is much darker than the Sauvignon Blanc for comparison.
A very interesting and quite unique nose for a gin, lots happening here.
First cardamom, and then Madeira and Sherry. There’s a bit of that similar lemon and citrus rind note from the Blanc version, but the gin notes seem a little more in the background here. Less juniper initially, and unlike other aged gins, a mild nose that doesn’t assault you with oak and overt signs of aging.
The palate is complex as well: oily citrus and cassia initially. A robust full bodied middle, with juniper, pepper, baking spices and a bit of heat. The finish is somewhat oaky, but largely Sherry, with oxidized fruit, grapes, apple. Very smooth the whole way through. Complex and thoroughly enjoyable neat.
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