No 209 Barrel Reserve Gin - Chardonnay Cask Finish

The guys at the 209 distillery aptly describe this spirit as gin with wine country roots! It is the newest offering from the distillery which predominantly ages in used wine barrels from Edge Hill Estate in St. Helena, the original, 19th century birthplace of Distillery No. 209. Chardonnay lends a distinct richness and complexity unique to this wine drinker's gin.

94 points. Mellow, smooth and balanced, rich and long. A great Martini gin!’ Tasting Panel Magazine, Anthony Dias Blue

4.5/5 stars. Dry and spicy with buttery pine, cut grass, green apple and lavender.’ Difford’s Guide

About the Brand

A love of gin and reverence for tradition is how the 209 distillery describe themselves, embracing the city’s heritage and reputation for innovation as natural backdrop to distilling spirits. It is the only distillery in the world that is built over water – on renovated Pier 50 in San Francisco. The distillation process uses a pot-still to extract flavors and alcohol in vapor form which is then captured and condensed into gin. It is both an art and a science, each distillation takes nearly 11 hours, not including the overnight maceration process. No. 209 Gin’s base spirit is four-times column-distilled from Midwestern corn and has a smooth, almost sweet finish. The water used is pure snowmelt from the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. After letting the botanicals macerate slowly in the Forsythe’s copper alembic still overnight – gently coaxing out the natural flavors so the gin always taste bright, never bitter, it is distilled a fifth time. Then the heads (beginning) and tails (end) of the distillation are discarded. Only the heart (middle) of the distillation is pure enough to be bottled as No. 209 Gin.

More Information

Gift Box No
Country United States
Brand 209
Unit Type Bottle
ABV % 46%
Volume 70cl
Gin Variety Modern Gin
Allergy Advice No Allergen

Tasting Notes

The first sip is subtly sweet and almost fruity, followed by a gin-inspired mid-palate with juniper, cardamom, orange and a hint of eucalyptus. Its finish is rich, long and lingering with a light tannin tang, the sweetness, toasted oak and a pronounced butterscotch note.


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