Filibuster Distillery has an established reputation for their excellent bourbons and ryes. It seems unsurprising then that Filibuster Distillery’s first foray into the world of gin would be a barrel aged offering.
Filibuster Dual Cask Gin is rested in both French and American oak barrels. Additional herbal botanicals are infused during this second resting phase, making it somewhat unusual among aged gins, as Filibuster Dual Cask Gin is a combination bathtub gin/aged gin. It is light straw in color.
Filibuster Dual Cask Gin has a relatively citrus-forward nose, with a surprising emphasis on light botanicals. Orange rind, cinnamon, melissa and light oak. Hints of coriander and spice in the background. Light on juniper.
To the palate, citrus is still dominant. Herbal lemon with green facets. Intimations of nutmeg with a buttery vanillin note.
The finish of Filibuster Dual Cask Gin is stark and quite dry. Oak tannins and a slight hint of oxidized Pinot Grigio.
Filibuster Dual Cask Gin with its tannic finish tends not to lend itself as well to cocktail mixing. I’d suggest sticking to cocktails designed for wine-barrel aged gin. The Aged Gin Old Fashioned and Alexandria are two I would recommend.
Overall, Filibuster Dual Cask Gin
Filibuster Gin does some nice things. I like the secondary infusion which preserves some of the light botanical character that is sometimes lost when letting a gin rest. Secondly, I like the choice of barrels which adds some nice flavor that complements the existing botanical blend.
But overall, Filibuster Dual Cask Gin is somewhat light on juniper and has a more intense tannic note which might limit its appeal.
What other cocktails can I make with aged gin?
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