We in Cognac country love everything that’s been in an oak barrel!
So the Cognac Ferrand house (that already is in gin business since 3 years and created their Citadelle label) releases a new Gin in october 2010: It’s Ferrand’s first aged reserve vintage, aged in oak barrels.
Limousin oak is the standard for storing, matureing and agein cognac, but also wine for example.
It’s quite rare to age Gin in oak actually. And why is it actually done? In order to gain a much better taste of course, better floral notes. The owner of the Cognac house, Alexandre Gabriel made that choice with cellar master Frederic Gilbert.
6 months aged in an oak cask
The Gin will be a product that has been aged for 6 months, in 12 year old oak barrels. This is quite creative! But not the fist time Ferrand does it: They also produce rum, also aged in cognac oak casks.
If you want to learn more about ageing, see this article.
The production of Citadelle Reserve is limited to 11.250 bottles – so it’s actually a limited edition, probably to test the market. An exciting new spirit from Charente!