austin reserve gin single barrel series
We love our Austin Reserve Gin. But we also love experiments. We knew that we wanted to see what our gin would do with a little age and the influence of a barrel, but what sort of barrel should we use? New? Used? Wine, whiskey, beer? Our answer: Yes. Our Single Barrel Series is an exploration of the effect of barrel character on our gin. Each release will feature a different barrel with a unique history. By keeping the gin recipe the same for every batch, we hope to highlight that history and show how the flavors of each barrel can leave their mark on the spirit that comes out of it. Each release will be the content of just one barrel, so it will only be available for a limited amount of time and no two releases will ever be the same.
Single Barrel Series #1: French Oak. This barrel was previously used to age and oxidize Tempranillo for a port wine. The barrel had a rich, leathery wine character when we received it. Austin Reserve Gin Batch #8 went in on August 16th, 2014, and rested there for just under 7 months. The gin picked up a pinkish-brown hue from the barrel, a mellow wine character, and ended up with a significantly softened botanical presence. The resulting spirit has a big oak and spice note, complemented by the earthy rosemary tones and a light, floral finish. Bottled at 98.2 Proof and finished with black wax.[Sold Out]
Single Barrel Series #2: French Oak. After resting comfortably for nearly a year, our second release of Single Barrel Series Gin is ready become a part of your rare and fine spirits collection. This historic batch was matured for just over 11 months in French Oak previously used by our friends at Jester King Brewery for their RU55 farmhouse red ale.
Austin Reserve Batch 20 was entered into the barrel on April 15, 2015 at 128 proof, removed on March 30, 2016 and bottled at 100 proof. 338 bottles produced. Limited availability at the distillery and very select retailers in Texas.