ELLC releases second barrel-aged ginBy Kristiane Sherry
Independent distiller East London Liquor Company (ELLC) has released just 75 bottles of its second expression produced under its Barrel-Aged Gin Programme.
Each release in the initative uses ELLC’s signature London Dry Gin as a base before it is aged in a range of casks.
The second expression was aged for 104 days in ex-Sonoma Rye Whiskey barrels.
Sonoma Rye, produced by Sonoma County Distilling Company, uses a 100% rye mash bill which provides “distinct fruity and spicy flavours”.
The final gin has given nosing and tasting notes of “maraschino cherry, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, sarsaparilla and black pepper”. Recommending serves include neat or in a twist with an Old Fashioned.
“The effect of different woods on the flavour profile of the gin is profound, and it’s exciting for this release to have been aged in Sonoma Rye barrels, a second lease of life for barrels that previously contained one of our favourite whiskeys,” said Tom Hills, ELLC head distiller.
Alex Wolpert, ELLC founder, added: “Our aim is always to produce honestly-priced, innovative spirits for the UK and the Barrel-Aged Gin Programme combines our love of gin and whisky to provide consumers with something very special.”
Launched at the end of January, ELLC’s Barrel-Aged Gin Programme will see at least four experimental bottlings released throughout the year, all with handwritten labels.
The second expression retails at £49 for a 70cl, 47.5% abv bottle.