Eden Mill has expanded its Distiller’s Choice collection with two limited edition gins aged in wine casks. In February of this year, the Scottish distillery launched Oak Old Tom gin as the inaugural release in its new, ultra-premium Distiller’s Choice range.
The new Red Wine Cask-Aged Gin and White Wine Cask-Aged Gin started out as Eden Mill Original Gin and were then aged in two different casks.” Created by Eden Mill’s senior distilling team, the new Distiller’s Choice line comprises modern gins that ‘embrace the best of old and new distilling techniques.” Eden Mill’s head distiller Scott Ferguson and senior distiller Andrew Walker make the bottlings based on their personal flavor preferences.
“With the red and white wine cask-aged expressions, the gins were only extracted from their cask at the point we were confident the perfect flavour, colour and wine character had been added to the gin without extracting too many overpowering flavours from the wood of the cask itself,” said Ferguson.
Bottled at 42% ABV, the White Wine Cask-Aged Gin compliment’s Ferguson’s preference for citrusy, fruit-forward gins. “Ageing this gin for 15 months in a white Burgundy wine cask has given it fresh tropical peach and apricot flavours, the perfect flavour compliment to citrus-forward gin,” said Ferguson.
Walker, however, prefers gins that have a savory and spicy flavor profile, and, therefore, chose an Amarone red wine cask. Bottled at 42.5% ABV, the gin was aged for 500 days in the Italian wine cask.
“Spice is more often a flavour associated with red wine, these flavours can be imparted into the wine from the barrel,” said Walker. “I wanted to explore how these underlying spice notes which are usually associated with red wine and red wine casks would affect the flavour profile when ageing gin in these casks. The gin was aged for 500 days and nights, creating a beautifully aromatic and fruity spiced gin.”
Both Eden Mill Distiller’s Collection Wine Cask-Aged Gins are limited to 600 bottles and priced at £40 ($56 USD). Head over to the official website to purchase.