Gin and oak a new combination
Edinburgh-based Pickering’s Gin has launched a collection of oak aged gins matured in single malt whisky casks, hand-picked from distilleries. Founders Marcus Pickering and Matt Gammell have combined two of Scotland’s best loved spirits, by ageing its award-winning gin in five Scotch malt whisky casks from Islay, Speyside, the Lowlands, Islands and the Highlands.
This is the first time a gin distillery has launched a collection of five oak aged gins.
The gin is aged in one cask from each of the five regions at a time. Each cask yields just 200 bottles of never-to-be-repeated 47% ABV oak aged gin. The barrels were filled with Pickering’s Gin at Summerhall Distillery with the oak ageing process lasting between three and six months for each expression.
Each rare, collectable gin can be drunk like a whisky using water or ice, or savoured in cocktails to bring out the gin’s subtle whisky notes. The flavour profile ranges from the light and citric aromas of Speyside to the sweeter, peatier notes of the Islay region. It retails at £36 for a 35cl bottle.