Before you roll your eyes at “barrel finished,” and the price, read on: This is something interesting and unique. Beefeater’s master distiller Desmond Payne distills this gin in the original tiny still that Beefeater founder James Burrough used in the late 1800s, then moves it into oak casks to rest. While the time in oak is minimal, as evidenced by the pale straw color, it is a crucial step in developing the concentrated flavors of orange peel, caramelized sugar, vanilla and spice. Bone dry, this is a sipping gin, and it pairs especially well with aged cheeses and dried fruit.
Chivas Bros. Import Co., Purchase, NY
This story appears in the print issue of August 2014.
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