Ginvitational Day 5! This is Lafite French Traders Gin, a barrel aged gin from the folks who made Fenimore: Cooperstown Distillery. Made from winter wheat (white) and aged for 3 years in their used bourbon barrels, this should have quite a bit of barrel influence, which I'm looking forward to trying. Let's dive in.
Cream, orange peel, pepper, cassia (cinnamon), toasted almond and caramel. Faint juniper, rich cardamom. Enjoyable, with plenty going on.
Medium mouth feel - the oak is present right away. Toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, orange peel and pepper. Faint soapstone, nice cinnamon note. Some nutmeg.
Long, cinnamon and oak forward. This has lots going on, and that bouquet of barrel notes is is excellent without being too over bearing.
Whew - this is a really impressive look at a barrel gin that walks the line of gin notes and barrel influence with mastery. In a cocktail, this is perfect as a stand in for whiskey in an old fashioned, and also brings a gimlet all sorts of complexity. Neat it's delightful, especially with a couple extra ABV points. Big fan.