Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin is precisely what it sounds like: Bluecoat Gin finished in charred American oak barrels. The finish gives it a light gold color. On the nose it’s heavy with juniper, as well as bubblegum and a spicy, incense-like oak aroma.
The strongest and most immediate tasting notes are of juniper, pepper and a general floral punch. It’s round and warm on the tongue, and those floral notes change into that interesting, bubblegum sweetness at the center of the palate. Afterward, the sweetness deepens into toffee, as an oaky spice reminiscent of incense kicks in. It finally ends with the satisfying, drawn-out taste of butterscotch.
It’s more one-note in a gin and tonic, where that dry yet sweet flavor of bubblegum takes center stage. So instead, try using this one in the Income Tax Cocktail or a Negroni.
Overall, Bluecoat Barrel Finished is quite the interesting gin. It’s a very potent one, too–and not just in ABV, but also in flavor. Its floral power and surprising sweetness make it a gin that will be either loved or hated, and perhaps a challenge for cocktails. But if you’re on board with its unique character, you won’t be disappointed.
— 47% ABV
CE Rating: ★★★