Citadelle Reserve Solera Gin
In gin's earlier days, when glass was too fragile and expensive and plastic and stainless steel were not options, gin was transported in wooden barrels. And so, became wood-aged. With Citadelle Reserve, Maison Ferrand celebrates the modern rebirth of golden gins. What began as a ‘family’ experiment in 2008 and shared with a few inquisitive bartenders and friends has now blossomed into a regular release. After several years of experimentation, Gabriel perfected his recipe: adding 3 botanicals – yuzu, genepi, bleuet– and resting gin in five different types of woods barrels – Acacia, Mulberry, Cherry, Chestnut and French Oak – for five months.
At the end of the five months, the gin is blended together and refined in an eight-foot tall, egg-shaped oak barrel. The shape of the wooden vat creates a natural convection that facilitates an harmonious and delicate integration when blending all different aged barrels. This unique aging method intensifies the citrus notes of Citadelle Reserve Gin and creates an elegant softness in the mouth.
The nose shows herbaceous notes of dried spices, but also coconut shell, tobacco and orange flower. The second nose brings out notes of juniper berry and green tea. On the palate, the first note is silky, abundant, a bit spicy/peppery, with hints of dried tobacco. Midtasting, additional notes of lemon zest, ginger and almond. A lasting finish. Bottled at 45.2% abv.