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26th April, 2021 by Nicola Carruthers
Scottish producer Eden Mill has expanded its Distiller’s Choice collection with two limited edition gins aged in wine casks.
In February this year, Eden Mill unveiled the inaugural gin in its new ultra-premium Distiller’s Choice range.
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’.
Each bottling is based on the personal flavour preferences and interests of Eden Mill’s head distiller Scott Ferguson and senior distiller Andrew Walker.
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.
Ferguson said: “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.”
The White Wine Cask-Aged Gin (42.%% ABV) compliment’s Ferguson’s preference for citrusy, fruit-forward gins.
He said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Walker prefers gins that have a savoury and spicy flavour profile. As such, he chose an Amarone red wine cask due to its ‘full-bodied and rich nature’.
The 42.5% ABV gin was aged for 500 days in the Italian wine cask.
Walker said: “Spice is more often a flavour associated with red wine, these flavours can be imparted into the wine from the barrel.
“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 expressions are limited to 600 bottles and priced at RRP £40 (US$56) each.