Black Button Distilling, Rochester, NY’s first grain to glass craft distillery, recently announced the release of their Barrel Reserve Citrus Forward Gin on October 15.
This half gin, half whiskey spirit is the latest innovation available from Black Button Distilling. “Craft distilling is all about innovation and trying something new. First we lowered the juniper and added a lot more orange peel to craft our citrus forward gin. Then we took that gin, threw it in some used bourbon barrels and let it rest for a year on oak. Now we have this delightful limited release spirit that is the best of both worlds,” said Jason Barrett, President/Head Distiller.
You can read about my recent visit to the distillery here.
Barrel Reserve Citrus Forward Gin (84 proof)
Visual: Mild gold.
Nose: Juniper forward, but tempered by orange and lemon citrus overlaid with an unusual vanilla/char funk. Not a Genever, nor an Old Tom style nose, but a scent that is totally unique like an exotic flower.
Taste: A powerhouse of bright citrusy gin encloaked with a darker and more woody, slight smokiness. That leaves a vast playing field of mid-range space to work its magic.
Finish: The orange citrus goes on and on with the more botanical edge fading fairly quickly.
Overall: Honestly, this is almost a bottled cocktail, there is so much going on here in the interplay between botanicals, citrus and barrel. Stir with ice, strain and serve to a friend. Have them take a few sips, and then tell them that there is no vermouth or bitters in it. I guarantee they’ll be surprised. Another cutting edge spirit from Black Button.
GSN Rating: A+
For more information go to: Black Button Distilling