Single Barrel Release S30
In July 2016, we got our hands on 45 McWilliam’s Apera barrels which had held outstanding fortified wines for around 30 years. The residual character of the barrels was incredible and we had an inkling that we could make some pretty special liquid if we aged some of our gin in them.
Of the 45 barrels we filled, six stood out as being truly complete. For some reason these barrels just aged differently. They show greater complexity and richness, but the spirit is still clean and soft. So we decided to release each barrel of gin as a single barrel gin.
Our first release was S31 last year and now it’s time for our second single barrel gin release, S30.
S30 was bottled after spending 54 months in barrel (54 months sounds so much older than four and a half years). Outside some of the older Genevers produced in the Netherlands it would be rare to find a gin that has been aged for this long.
Thanks to this ageing, the botanical oils have developed a richness that we don’t see in unaged gins. It is unmistakably gin with aromas of resiny juniper, dried fruits and nuts with some really beautiful sweet oak, but it has the complexity of a great aged dark spirit. Its deep golden colour is a great indication of the flavour to come.