Introducing Batch 013: Bourbon Barreled Gin!
A whiskey-lover’s gin.
Inspired by the malt-forward Genever-style gins of Holland, our Bourbon Barreled Gin borrows techniques from both whiskey and gin-making traditions to create this style-defying spirit. Unlike most traditional gins, which use flavor-neutral spirits as their base, Batch 013 utilizes our malty-rich Tennessee High Malt white whiskey for it’s foundation. To this, we introduce a unique blend of 9 botanicals, steeping them in our white whiskey overnight, prior to a final distillation.
Each of our 9 botanicals were hand selected and tested over nearly a year of experimentation to find the perfect balance of aromatic and flavor complexity. Classic ingredients like juniper, coriander, and citrus peel give the spirit a classic, citrusy, and juniper character. More non-traditional ingredients, like kudzu root, Szechuan peppercorn, and caramel malt (from our Tennessee High Malt mash bill) highlight complex notes of earth, spice and sweet, sweet malt.
Finally, the gin is then finished in our ownsingle-use Tennessee High Malt bourbon barrels for 8 months, prior to bottling. This extended process softens and sweetens the overall botanical character of the gin, while also imparting a golden hue to the spirit.
Bottled 102 proof, expect notes of orange blossom, citrus, and juniper, with a malty-sweet finish
Proof: 102 (51% ABV)
Mash Bill: Our signature Tennessee High Malt recipe: Yellow Corn, Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley, Honey Malted Barley
Botanicals: Juniper, Bulgarian Coriander, Bitter Orange Peel, Cardamom, Kudzu Root, Szechuan Peppercorn, Caramel Malt, Lemon Peel, Orris Root
Maceration Time: 16 hours
Distillation Proof: 154
Barrel: Single-use Tennessee High Malt, 53 gal Finishing Time: 8mos
Batch Size: 3 barrels
Release Date: April 2020
Tasting notes: Orange blossom, citrus, and juniper, with a malty-sweet finish.
Inside the Experimentation Process: Batch 013
Our Experimental Single Batch Series is something of a playground for our distillers. A limited collection of single-batch spirits born from our 100-gallon pot column still at our Experimental Distillery in downtown Chattanooga, this series seeks to express uncompromised creativity and innovation within our craft. Some experiments test individual ingredients, while others test completely unique concepts from start to finish.
In the case of our most recent experiment, Batch 013, the concept was simple: our distillers wanted to make a barrel-aged gin. And while that may sound simple enough, the process of developing a gin recipe became one of our most complex experiments to date. After nearly 12 months of research and testing, Batch 013 was born.
Before the release, we sat down with two of our distillers, Grant McCracken and Tiana Saul, to ask them about the process of creating their first gin. Click here to read the full inside look.