Barreled Gin - 2022

Best Barreled Gin - 2022


The Fifty Best Barreled Gin Tasting 2022

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a barreled gin tasting with seven barrel-finished gins and fourteen members of its spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The barreled gins were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at room temperature. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted 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 highest. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting. Medals are provided based entirely on merit and only to products judged worthy of such award.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, states, countries of origin and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.


Simon’s 1794 Barrel Finished
American Dry Gin

(Starlight Distillery, IN) 92.4° prf.

Nose: Lemon, fresh lemon peel, tangerine, dried stone fruit, watermelon, green apple, candied apple, apple brandy, fruit gum, marmalade, honey, butterscotch, caramel, bran cereal, Earl Grey tea, anise, clove, cinnamon, light oak, cedar, pine.
Palate: Orange peel, spiced orange, prickly pear, sweet apple, apricot, mango, golden raisins, fruit gum, bubble gum, vanilla, caramel, custard, sweet juniper, spearmint, anise, black licorice, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, mineral, oak, sweet oak, apple brandy.
Finish: Cara Cara orange, peach, Juicy Fruit gum, rose sorbet, marzipan, dried flowers, vanilla, caramel, star anise, coriander, spicy, white pepper, char, charred wood, Manhattan-like, balanced, nice, soft, absolutely delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Simon’s 1794 Barrel Finished American Dry Gin


Waterloo Antique Gin
(Treaty Oak Distilling, TX) 94° prf

Nose: Peach, mango, dried cherry, orange liquor, brandy, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cola, juniper, malt, caraway seeds, sandalwood, peppermint, minty, clove, spice, leather, sweet wood, oak, toasty.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, honey, spiced pumpkin bread, vanilla cake, buttery, corn muffins, cola nut, toasted almonds, juniper, anise seed, dried tea leaves, menthol, allspice, nutmeg, clove, cedar, pine, oak, bourbon-like, balanced, elegant.
Finish: Vanilla, custard, buttery, caramel, orange, tropical, star anise, sweetened tea, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, sweet pine, oak, woody, bourbon-like, complex, soft, silky, pleasant, fireplace worthy, a great sipper.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Waterloo Antique Gin

Tod & Vixen’s Mature Gin
(The Vale Fox Distillery, NY) 106° prf

Nose: Lemon, Meyer lemon, lime, 7UP, toasted lemon peel, candied lemon peel, tropical, fresh flowers, floral hops, juniper, ginger, herbal, mint, wintergreen, grassy, oak.
Palate: Lemon peel, orange peel, orange juice, citrus bomb, peach, apricot, mango, tropical fruits, caramelized pears, cocoa, vanilla, juniper, ginger, herbal, mint, lemongrass, celery seed, thyme, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, peppery spice, black pepper, citrus-y heat, effervescent.
Finish: Lemon, dried lemon, apricot, touch of honey, cream, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, spicy, white pepper, black pepper, pink peppercorns, oaky, balanced, great.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Tod & Vixen’s Mature Gin


Bellewood Barrel-Finished Gin
(Bellewood Distilling, WA) 90° prf

Nose: Caramelized oranges, caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, honey, dried cherry, apple skin, lime, watermelon, fruit gum, juniper, floral juniper, elderflower, orange blossoms, ginger, mint, tea, dry leaves, cinnamon, char, oak, pine, applewood.
Palate: Lime, lemon peel, apple skin, pear, dried lemon candy, maple, caramel, vanilla, toasted oats, grain, floral, honeysuckle, ginger, black tea leaves, steeped tea, mint, menthol, coriander, spices, wood, oak, brandy, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Apple, apple skin, lime, juniper, potpourri, vanilla, cream, caramel, toasted marshmallows, cinnamon, coriander, mint, pine, woody, brandy, scotch-like, crisp, pleasant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Bellewood Barrel-Finished Gin

Ardent Spirits Epilogue Sippin’ Gin #09
(IL) 88.4° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime, lemon cream, bright citrus, citrusy juniper, herbal juniper, grassy, sweet grass, subtle mint, licorice, rosemary, pine notes, cinnamon, almond butter, caramel, vanilla, barrel, oak.
Palate: Lemon, lime, toasted lemon curd, orange, obscured juniper, grassy herbs, anise, celery, lemongrass, mint, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, malt, buttered popcorn, cedar, oak, pine, wood, complex, rich, creamy..
Finish: Lemon peel, citrus, eucalyptus, mint, kitchen herbs, coriander, juniper, toasted oats, roasted chestnuts, vanilla, vanilla cream, buttery, nice oak, cedar, pine, wood, well rounded, nice, pleasant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Ardent Spirits Epilogue Sippin’ Gin

Copper Fiddle Tom Gin
(Copper Fiddle Distillery, IL) 92° prf

Nose: Juniper, dried cherry, apple, banana skin, spice, bran cereal, honey notes, honeycomb, maple syrup, vanilla cake, caramel, Bit-O-Honey, burnt sugar, cedar, oak, wood, barrel, scotch-like, whiskey-like.
Palate: Toffee, caramel, burnt caramel, burned sugar, treacle, maple, vanilla, cream, vanilla cake, French toast with cinnamon, raisin, prune, dried peaches, anise, fennel, eucalyptus, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, bread, malty, very nutty, slight smoke, char, oak, pine, layers of flavors, soft, rich..
Finish: Vanilla, caramel, chocolate, honey, spiced cake, almond, ginger, anise, star anise, saffron, clove, root, tannic, char, charred wood, bourbon cask, barrel, oak, smoked oak, great heat, nice, smooth, clean & fresh, yummy, scotch-like, gin for a whiskey lover.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Copper Fiddle Tom Gin




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