‘Good Gin Doesn’t Taste Like Bad Medicine’: History-Rich Whiskey Distillery Releases Rye Barrel-Aged Gin
On May 9, Texas-based whiskey producer Maverick Distilling released a limited-edition, barrel-aged gin — and only 250 bottles were made.
“With our Barrel Aged Texas Dry Gin, we wanted to create a spirit that is refreshing and unique to the Lone Star State,” said Maverick Distilling Founder, Dr. Kenneth Maverick. “Gin continues to grow in popularity as people discover that good gin doesn’t taste like bad medicine. We wanted to offer our customers another version of gin and knew that the impressive botanicals that we use for our Texas Dry Gin would evolve into something beautiful with barrel aging.”
Maverick Distilling’s Samuel Maverick Barrel Aged Texas Dry Gin is distilled with 17 locally grown Texas ingredients, including rosemary, pecans, bay laurel, grapefruit zest and Mexican mint marigold. Traditional gin botanicals like juniper and coriander are also added to the mix.
After distillation, the spirit is barreled at 120 proof and stored in #3 char white American oak barrels. The barrels, previously used to age Maverick rye whiskey, rest for two years inside the thick walls of a subterranean bank vault at the distillery.
According to Maverick Distilling, its new barrel-aged gin offers an aroma of spring floral scents mixed with vanilla, citrus and herbs, alongside notes of lemon, grapefruit zest, green apple, juniper, rosemary, laurel and bluebonnet. Caramelized crème brûlée crust sweetness and a hint of whiskey can be detected on the finish, per the brand.
Priced at $45 per 45%-ABV bottle, Samuel Maverick Barrel Aged Texas Dry Gin is now available at Maverick Distilling and online for shipping to 42 states. Buy it while you still can for a taste of something truly special!
A Taste of Samuel Maverick Barrel Aged Texas Dry Gin
On May 10, we sat down with the Maverick Distilling team for a tasting session of its limited-edition gin release. Following a look at the history of the distillery, we were introduced to the special spirit and its menagerie of Texas-sourced botanicals.
On the nose, the gin is heady and floral, as marigold and lavender take the lead. Just as the distillery promised, this spirit boasts tasting notes of slightly sweet crème brûlée and whiskey. What shocked us most was the powerful presence of orange blossom and honeysuckle that comes through after a few careful sips. Hints of charred sugar paired with these elegant perfumed notes give off the impression of a Dreamsicle, which is detected on the finish.
Truly, this is a unique gin that one simply must drink neat or over ice. That being said, if mixology is something you crave, Samuel Maverick Barrel Aged Texas Dry Gin makes for a great old-fashioned cocktail crafted with walnut bitters.
About Maverick Distilling
Maverick Distilling is a brewery, bar and event center located at 115 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78205, just a few steps away from the Alamo. The distillery is situated on the original Maverick family homestead and is a tribute to Sam and Mary Ann Maverick, one of San Antonio’s earliest families.
Sam Maverick, a prominent figure in Texas history, was a lawyer, engineer, rancher and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He represented San Antonio de Bexar and played a role in the Council House Fight and the Texas legislature. Maverick owned extensive amounts of land, including the site, which once was a bank, where Maverick Distilling now stands. He survived numerous life-threatening situations and had a significant impact on San Antonio, with his mark still felt today.
Mary Ann Maverick, his wife, was deeply involved in preserving Texas history, founding St. Mark’s parish and saving the Alamo. She dedicated her life to her family and honoring Texas history.
Maverick Distilling produces a variety of spirits using Texas-grown grains on a copper hybrid pot still. The bar and tasting room offer locally influenced beer brewed onsite, whiskey flights and a variety of cocktails. For more information, visit maverickwhiskey.com, or connect with Maverick Distilling on its Facebook and Instagram.
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