Old Tom Barrel Aged Gin
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Best Old Tom & Barrel Aged Gin

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 17 Old Tom and Barrel Aged gins with 15 pre-qualified judges. The gins were judged and scored separately. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the gins were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The countries and states of origin are identified for each brand.

 

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom
(Greenhook Ginsmiths - New York, U.S.)


Nose: Orange peel, dates, raisins, spice cake, angel food cake, almond bark, caramel, honey, juniper, herbal juniper, floral, carnation, gardenia, licorice, grass, mint, leather.
Palate: Caramel, buttery, Graham cracker, honey, red molasses, egg nog, orange peel, herbal, peppery, spice, bourbon barrel, oak, smooth.
Finish: Caramel, burnt sugar, honey, nectar, spice, wood, toasted oak, smooth.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin



Waterloo Antique Barrel Reserve
(Treaty Oak Distilling Co. - Texas, U.S.)

Nose: Piney juniper, juniper, sweet star fruit, butterscotch, honey, caramel, cream soda, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, mollases, honey graham, chocolate, pecan, walnut, clove, nutmeg, floral, ginger, cinnamon, bergamont, bourbon, oak.
Palate: Lime, citrus, mango, honey, vanilla, deep maple, praline, coffeecake, pastry, juniper, violet, lavender, rose, herbal, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, anise, nutty, pecan, pepper, oak, wood.
Finish: Citrus, lime, candied apple, vanilla, rose perfume, pistachio gelato, clove, anise, fennel, pink peppercorn, peppery, slightly spicy, balanced.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Waterloo Antique Barrel Reserve Gin



Ginskey Barrel Aged
(Vapor Distillery - Colorado, U.S.)

Nose: Blossom honey, honey, caramel, maple, buttery, orange essence, dates, almond bark, nuts, macchiato, coffee, juniper, herbal, menthol, mint, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, pine, wood, earthy.
Palate: Peaches, dried peaches, orange, honey, caramel, toffee, crème brulée, oats, malty, corn, licorice, herbal, orris root, mint, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, spice, rose flower, grass, oak, pine, mineral, Kentucky bourbon barrel, smoky, peaty.
Finish: Vanilla, rose blossom, grain, herbal, peppery, sweet spice, woody, smooth, finishes like whiskey.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Ginskey Barrel Aged Gin



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

SILO Reserve Barrel Aged
(Vermont, U.S.)

Nose: Caramel, lemon, banana, dried banana, apple, pear, celery, cashews, oak, mineral.
Palate: Highly tropical, banana, rhubarb, apple pie, custard, creamy, nutty, mint, pepper, spicy, well balanced.
Finish: Tropical fruit, buttery, creamy vanilla, floral, pepper, clean, soft, mellow.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



SILO Reserve Barrel Aged Gin



Hidden River Barrel Rested
(Manatawny Still Works - Pennsylvania, U.S.)

Nose: Orange, orange peel, citrus, cherry, caramel, honey, marmalade, date, juniper, almond, cinnamon, clove, spicy, cereal, old whiskey barrel, bourbon, tangy.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, vanilla, honey, malt, dried flowers, juniper, violet, herbs, tarragon, spearmint, fennel seed, anise, clove, cinnamon, spice, pepper, grassy, oaky, charred oak, smoky, smooth.
Finish: Orange, wintergreen, slightly spicy, brown spices, peppery, buttery, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Hidden River Barrel Rested Gin



Liberator Old Tom
(Michigan, U.S.)

Nose: Honey, lemon, lemon grass, ginger, apple, bamboo shoots, soy miso, herbal, anise, mint, menthol, clove, cardamom, spice, black pepper, tea, walnut, oak.
Palate: Orange peel, grapefruit, citrus, ginger, Thai iced tea, herbal, grassy, mint, menthol, clove, pepper, spice.
Finish: Vanilla, honey, cinnamon, clove, spicy, pepper, grassy, easy.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Liberator Old Tom Gin



Conniption Navy Strength
(Durham Distillery - North Carolina, U.S.)

Nose: Tangerine, citrus, banana peel, durian, cream, vanilla, piney juniper, herbal juniper, floral, lemongrass, herbal, Earl Grey tea, rosemary, sage, anise, cinnamon, spices, wheat.
Palate: Citrus, lemon oil, juniper, mint, spearmint, Earl Grey tea, black licorice, cinnamon, spice, clove, cardamom, fennel, peppery, white pepper, wood, pine.
Finish: Lemon oil, floral, violet, cardamom, spicy, peppery, white pepper.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Conniption Navy Strength Gin



Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel
Bourbon Barreled
(Stonecutter Spirits - Vermont, U.S.)

Nose: Citrus, pineapple, cantaloupe, lemon cream, honey, juniper, piney juniper, subtle herbal, cinnamon, sweet spices, coriander, clove.
Palate: Lemon peel, citrus, pear, creamy, corn husk, cocoa, juniper, violet, eucalyptus, mint, cinnamon, clove, tarragon, cardamom, fennel seed, spices, pepper, herbal, grass, oak, sea salt, smooth, silky.
Finish: Citrus, orange peel, honey, creamy, brown spice, salty, fennel, grass, woody.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin



Wood's Mountain Hopped
(Wood's High Mountain Distillery - Colorado, U.S.)

Nose: Raspberry, raspberry leaf, dried blackberry, dried cherry, herbal juniper, juniper, violet, herbs, toasted nuts, cinnamon bark, dried leaves, woody.
Palate: Black cherry, apple, honey, creamy, filo dough, rugelach, sweet juniper, rose, violet, honeysuckle, herbs, chicory, pistachio, hazelnut, black licorice, anise, toasted fennel, cinnamon, pepper, oak, balanced.
Finish: Honey, violet, sweet licorice, herbal, sweet spice, clove, nutmeg, pepper, wood.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Wood's Mountain Hopped Gin



Copper Fiddle Tom
(Illinois, U.S.)

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, butter pastry, honey, maple, maple syrup, dates, orange, almonds, herbal, bourbon barrel.
Palate: Honey, molasses, Worther's Original toffee, herbal tea, black tea, spicy, dry oloroso cask, oak, mint.
Finish: Toffee, lovely butter, vanilla, toasty, clove, spice, mint, pepper, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal

 



Copper Fiddle Tom Gin



Zuidam Dutch Courage Old Tom's
(Holland)

Nose: Toffee, honey, roasted apples, bergamot, cinnamon bark, spice, grain, herbs, Earl Grey tea, wood, oak.
Palate: Lemon, orange, citrus, honey, caramel, licorice, herbal, tea, toasty, wood, oak, elegant.
Finish: Honeyed, brown sugar, bright, lively, gentle, fresh.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Zuidam Dutch Courage Old Tom's Gin



Ransom Old Tom Barrel Aged
(Oregon, U.S.)

Nose: Juniper, cucumber, tangerine, light citrus, apple cider, cumin, sandalwood, herbal.
Palate: Lemon, dragon fruit, orange, apple, bean sprouts, herbal, sandalwood, rose, cumin, pepper, spice, grain, oak, mineral, sophisticated.
Finish: Fresh cucumber, orange, lavender, black pepper, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Ransom Old Tom Barrel Aged Gin



Wire Works Special Reserve Barrel Aged
(Massachusetts, U.S.)

Nose: Caramel, buttery, vanilla, mango, lemon, herbal, cardamom, clove, floral, mint, toast, pine.
Palate: Caramel, chocolate, honey, mango, orange, juniper, lemon peel, citrus, celery, herbs, mint, oak.
Finish: Spearmint, mineral, spicy, smooth, dry, nice.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Wire Works Special Reserve Barrel Aged



Zuidam Dutch Courage Aged Gin 88
(Holland)

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, honey graham, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, bee's wax, clarified butter, creamy, lemon, bergamot, oak.
Palate: Caramel, buttery, Graham cracker, honey, red molasses, egg nog, orange peel, herbal, peppery, spice, bourbon barrel, oak, smooth.
Finish: Caramel, burnt sugar, honey, nectar, spice, wood, toasted oak, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal

 



Zuidam Dutch Courage Aged Gin 88



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Healy's Reserve Cask-Rested
(Montana, U.S.)

Nose: Citrus, orange, pineapple, anise, licorice, sandalwood, clove.
Palate: Lemon peel, orange peel, mango, black licorice, anise, grass, floral, spice, nuts.
Finish: Pepper, hint of cinnamon, licorice, leafy, herbal, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Healy's Reserve Cask-Rested  Gin



OOLA Waitsburg Barrel Finished
(Washington, U.S.)

Nose: Lime, grape, sour apple, coconut, candy, spearmint, mint, herbal, floral, fresh.
Palate: Tea, mint tea, mint, herbal, dried flowers, floral, frosting, cherry, oak.
Finish: Rose, orange peel, subtle mint, pleasantly dry, gentle, smooth, mellow.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



OOLA Waitsburg Barrel Finished Gin



Queens Courage Old Tom
(New York, U.S.)

Nose: Pear, fruity, lemon peel, cinnamon, grass, floral, pine forest.
Palate: Orange, lemon peel, honey, lavender, violets, herbal, juniper, sandalwood, pine forest.
Finish: French noël spices, clove, spice, juniper, floral, raspberry, cotton candy.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Queens Courage Old Tom Gin

 

 

Best Gin

Best Gin

 

Comments and Suggestions:

 
Tue. February 21, 2017 10:11 AM - by: howard
As a recent convert to gin, i have to note, that the sheer amount of new gins available is staggering, some are absolutely fabulous, others are ideal for cleaning bicycle chains, most of these gins however, are not familiar to me, as such, i think they should be made available in sample bottles, this would allow novices like me to choose the varieties that we like, without breaking the bank. It appears to me that Gin is now the new vodka and many people seem to be switching over, i see a huge untapped market that can be gained by small distillers if they band together with a good marketting strategy. Good luck and keep the quality up.
 
 
Tue. June 28, 2016 3:14 PM - by: citadel
I may have the spelling incorrect. It supposed to be the best in the world from France
 
 


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