To create our Barrel Aged Gin we first batch distill in our CARL stills using the same botanicals as our Rare Dry Gin. Then we transfer the gin into a solera of nine French oak chardonnay barrels, each with a subtly different character. Every six months, Cameron tastes the barrels and then blends a portion of each to create this complex, nuanced and entirely too sippable gin.
This is the fifth release to come from the barrels in our original solera, which still retain some gin from the first time we filled them on Christmas Eve 2013. Solera No_5 shows a nice balance between intensity and fragrance, with the barrels continuing to build complexity and flavour without losing the primary botanical characters. The solera continues to integrate the oak and botanicals while building weight and texture on the palate.
The colour is a little darker than Solera No_4, which is due to an extra couple of months in oak. Aromas of resinny juniper, preserved lemon and ginger have built nicely in barrel. Despite not using any ginger in the distillations this solera has an almost signature preserved ginger character. It is richly spiced and intense with a soft mouthfeel. Sip neat, over ice, or in a classic Martinez.