Rusty Blade Barrel Aged Gin
It's entirely probable that Rusty Blade invented the contemporary category of barrel-aged gin in 2005. They rested their Blade Gin, made from 88% wheat spirit and 12% California brandy, for 15 months in French Limousine oak barrels that previously held wine. The juniper and citrus notes already present in the gin became aromas of baking spice and cloves, with hints of vanilla and a rounded mouthfeel.
Know a cognac or whiskey fan who needs a bridge into gin? This might be the invitation to juniper that they need. Sip, mix, or both.