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Citadelle’s seasonal releases — like these from Hendrick’s and others — are actually arriving at an everyday clip. For 2022, Citadelle provides Citadelle Gin Juniper Décadence, which is an overt homage to, in fact, the juniper tree. Not solely is it made with “a big portion” of its juniper sourced from Coganc, the place the distillery relies, it’s also aged in small barrels produced from juniper wooden. Botanicals within the combine are in any other case the identical as Citadelle’s standard bottling.
In case you’ve ever seen a juniper tree, that they’re fairly small, so let’s permit Citadelle clarify how one makes a barrel from the factor:
Because the juniper is a modestly sized tree, its wooden is just not appropriate for making lengthy, curved staves, as it’s too onerous to bend. But it surely takes greater than that to stymie Alexandre’s inventive impulses, so particular small casks had been constructed with straight sides. These very particular barrels have been toasted to intensify the vegetal, minty and barely smoky facet of juniper wooden. Maturation in these barrels enhances Citadelle’s unique recipe, with its progressive infusion of 19 botanicals, and heightens its notes of candy orange peel, which meld splendidly with juniper’s vegetal and smoky aroma. Naturally bursting with juniper, Citadelle Juniper Décadence stands out due to its herbaceous notes and hanging freshness.
There’s a pale yellow coloration right here that confirms that the gin has seen some barrel time — although clearly not so much. Daring with juniper, the gin is a right away deep dive into evergreen notes, although they arrive throughout as flippantly smoky maybe because of the barrel getting old. Hints of angelica and coriander are current, however nothing as outsized because the juniper correct. On the palate, no surprises: Extra juniper dominates, that smoky high quality changing into a bit extra sultry and earthy. Some notes of lemon peel give the end a spritz of fruit, with a contact of grapefruit and a spare melon be aware rising in a while. The general focus, nevertheless, stays squarely on piney juniper notes from begin to end, for higher or worse. Nothing unsuitable with it, however the expertise does are typically a little bit one-note ultimately. Whether or not it’s “decadent” or not is for the drinker to resolve.
B+ / $35 (700ml) / citadellegin.com