Maker: Valentine, Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Michigan State Minimum: $49
Appearance: Bright copper.
Nose: Lime zest, orange peel, juniper, earthy red wine.
Palate: Full bodied and semi-dry. Hot. Like eating lemonheads under a pine tree.
Finish: Raw ginger, fresh cut pine.
Mixed: Surprisingly good in Tom Collins and with tonic. Adds a pleasant gingery bite. Does as well as expected in a Negroni, Princeton, Aviation, Bronx and a perfect martini. Much better than expected in a dry martini. This gin was great every way I tried mixing it.
Parting words: I’ve had this gin in my liquor cabinet for quite some time now. I didn’t drink it much because I view barrel rested gins as good for Negronis, perfect martinis and not much else. I was wrong in this case. Liberator barrel rested gin is good for anything you want to do with it.
Like its unrested sibling, Valentine’s rested Old Tom gin is aggressive but still elegantly blanced. It’s like a tall, attractive exchange student who grinds on you at your senior prom. Yes, it may cost you a lot of money, but it’s well worth the experience. Liberator Barrel Rested Old Tom Gin is highly recommended.
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“…like a tall, attractive exchange student who grinds on you at your senior prom.” WOW! That is some analogy, Josh! I think I would’ve liked to be a fly on the wall at that event. How much difference between the ‘unrested’ and this version do you perceive? I liked the first one a lot…. and, I’m not a big gin fan.