No. 209 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Aged Gin

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alc./vol: 46%

Proof: 92°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: 7 months

Product of: Product of United States United States

A special release of San Francisco's respected No. 209 Gin which has been aged for 213 days in medium toasted Darnajou French oak casks which previously held Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon wine at the Rudd Oakville Estate in Napa Valley. Leslie Rudd owns the winery and also founded Distillery No. 209.

Cabernet casks were chosen due to the Rudd Oakville winery’s reputation for making great Cabernets. The casks have a medium toast and are filled with gin reduced to 55% alc./vol. (comes off the still at 65%) to reduce extraction and prevent the oak dominating the gin. Arne, 209’s Master Distiller says the use of European oak gives the gin spice notes rather than the vanilla which would come from the use of U.S. oak.

Batch 1 sampled 19/Feb/2015
Appearance: Clear, rust coloured with golden glints.
Aroma: Raspberry and blackberry with underlying cardamom and citrus. Red wine, a touch of vanilla, Christmas spice and faint grassiness.
Taste: Red berry, citrus and cardamom with underlying piney juniper. Water brings out faint sweetness.
Aftertaste: Lingering berry spice and vanilla.
Overall: Great in a Martinez.
Difford's Guide rating: 5+/5

Review and Tasting


Sampled on 14/12/2015

Appearance:

(batch 2) Clear, pale rust coloured with golden glints.

Aroma:

Pine, dried fruit and raspberry with underlying cardamom, citrus, vanilla, Christmas spice and faint grassiness.

Taste:

Dry piney juniper, zesty citrus, red berry fruit and cardamom. Water brings out faint berry sweetness.

Aftertaste:

Lime zest, dried berry fruit and warming spice.

Overall:

Spicy pine, berry fruit and zesty citrus. Great in a Martinez.

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Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

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Produced by: Distillery No. 209
UK distribution by: Hi-Spirits

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