A lovely, sensuous, spice bomb of a barrel aged gin
Notes: This distillery is a little over 2 years old now and producing even more products.The distillery located in Ovid, New York ( north of Ithaca, New York if that helps anyone) has been producing a number of excellent products over the past couple of years and now with stocks of spirits reaching maturity they are releasing more aged products such as this aged gin ( click on the link for a review of their unaged version of Myer Farm Gin).
Myers Farm Distillery is an organic farm to flask distillery that grows, harvests and distills and bottles their own organic distillates right on their own farm. You can’t get much more organic, low carbon footprint than that. Their products include their Meyer Farm Wheat Spirit White Dog, Myer Farm Corn Whiskey White Dog, Myer Farm Gin, and their Myer Farm Wheat Vodka. An Aged Wheat Vodka has been laid down and currently aging for sale at a later point to be determined. Established in 1868 the farm is a family farm of roughly 1000 acres that grows organic grains and 2 years ago they caught the distilling bug after selling their grain to a number of other distillers .
Grown on their farm is the base grain of this spirit, the organic soft white winter wheat is a softer and more unusual wheat than the more common varieties such as the hard and hard red winter wheats you usually encounter in distilling.
Aged for 10 months in their own used whiskey barrels this gin has an unusual ( but delicious) flavor profile.
Appearance: Clear autumn leaf gold in color.On swirling it leaves a nice oily coating on the glass which then starts to form multiple legs rapidly then turning into droplets
First Impression: Lovely spiciness with cinnamon, caramelized sugar, cardamom. ginger, oaky char saddle soap, leather, cream, butter, with hints of juniper and tropical fruit.
Taste: Ginger, cardamom, cinnamon with a lovely slightly sweet and oily entry that neatly buffer the spice with a sweet entry then a drying spice bouquet with the aromatics and pice leaving a nicely lingering finish. Nicely buttery mouthful reminds you somewhat of Indian spices in a light ghee.
Drinks: While there is not a lot of recipes calling for a barrel aged gin this gin lends itself quite well to some imaginative mixology. In some ways it resembles a spiced rum more than a gin. It works well in tea,with tropical type juices and I found it to be good in my morning coffee too. Was a wonderful swap out for rum and some spices in a range of tiki drinks and made for an interesting spicy substitute for whiskey in some cocktails we tried. It also works well as an aperitif or a substitute for a vermouth, and makes a really spicy and interesting French 75.
Bottle: Heavy clear bell or apothecary shaped bottle with heavy decanter bottom. Simple but tasteful graphics on a gold colored paper label ( in this case it has a graphic of a juniper branch with berries and a couple of wheat heads) and a black synthetic cork with a nicely ridged top make it easy to open. Overall a nicely done if not overly distinctive package.
Other: 100 % organic wheat and grown on the property – Field to Flask !
Final Thoughts: A deliciously idiosyncratic gin – even for a barrel aged gin. Imagine an aged Genever and an Old Tom mix and you start to approach this gin. Great and entirely unique flavor profile combine with a lovely silky mouthful to make a genuinely new and delicious gin! A great gin for any bartender or mixologist to make an entirely new portfolio of unique flavorful cocktails
Minimal place holder website right now but there is a link to their Facebook page which contains much more information.