Bourbon Barrel Gin from Watershed Distillery

TheGinIsIn-2016-BronzePrice:  $40 / 750 mL
ABV: 44%
Watershed Distillery
Origin: Ohio, United States
Availability: Ohio, New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Connecticut and New Jersey
Rating: A bold spice and citrus forward contemporary barrel aged gin that proudly wears its time in the barrel on its chest, not just in its hue, but on the palate. It’s certainly an aged gin for fans of the contemporary styles, but adherents to the school of classic gin will find a good deal of juniper, coriander and cassia as part of the spirits underlying structure. Recommended within its class. [Rating:3.5/5]

Watershed-Distillery-Bourbon-Barrel-GinDistilled from corn, with the same botanical base as Watershed Distillery’s Four Peel Gin (Four citrus peels, get it?), also featuring performances from juniper, cassia, Jamaica pepper (better known as Allspice) and coriander. It’s then rested in bourbon barrels. The spirit looks like it enjoyed some quality time with the barrel, sporting a golden, maple wood hue. For this review, we’re tasting Batch 14.

Tasting Notes

Wood and citrus most prominently on the nose, Meyer Lemon, bitter orange notes, fresh cut wood, and an intriguing cherry undernote whose low notes have peppery and vivid cinnamon stick. There’s a perceptible warmth to the nose as well.

The palate is bold, with plenty of loud flavors, many of which comes through on the nose as well. Citrus is especially prominent at first and through the mid-palate. Cinnamon comes on twice, once early, and then again, even more loudly towards the finish melding with peppercorn, allspice and clove-like notes. Juniper comes through as well towards the later part of the palate. lending a clean piney/herbaceous astringency that cleans up nicely. Fresh laid wooden boards with a dry, wood shaving note on the finish where you can pick out a bit more cinnamon, or naval orange zest as well. There’s a good deal of warmth on the finish as well, tasting quite potent; certainly an aged gin to warm the stomach and throat.

The loud flavors recommend itself nicely to cocktail-craft. I think the Negroni works quite well, but oddly in a Martinez, it seemed to steal the show, with a tad too much of the cinnamon and spice notes coming through. I enjoy this gin, especially on its own or dashed up with a bit of cherry bitters in an Old Fashioned. It wears its contemporary style on its sleeve, but unlike many other barrel aged gins, you seem to get more influence from the wood here. Though it tastes a bit dry, and young at times, it impart some nice balance and character to the spirit. You probably won’t mistake this for a Gordon’s or Beefeater, but for those in search of a contemporary aged gin with a bold, unique perspective, Watershed Distillery hits the mark. Recommended within its style.

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2 thoughts on “Bourbon Barrel Gin from Watershed Distillery

  • June 16, 2016by Benny

    I’d like to find out more? I’d like to find out more details.

  • November 27, 2016by Susan Podrasky

    Where can I buy this in the Cleveland area?

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