Each of the gins has been matured in single malt whisky casks, hand-picked from distilleries in five of Scotland’s distinct whisky regions. Each cask yields just 200 bottles of the never-to-be-repeated 47% ABV oak aged gin.
Founders Marcus Pickering and Matt Gammell travelled across Scotland to select the casks, which were then brought back to the Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh to be filled with batches of cask strength Pickering’s Gin. The oak ageing process lasted between three and six months for each expression.
Marcus Pickering said: “Scouring the length and breadth of Scotland to find the perfect whisky casks was a tough gig, but someone had to do it. We eventually identified five of the best casks to create our oak-aged expressions, helping us to craft five gins which are undoubtedly different.”
Each of the rare gins can be drunk like a whisky using water or ice, or savoured in cocktails. The flavour profiles range from the light and citric aromas of Speyside to the sweeter, peatier notes of the Islay region.
Pickering’s Oak Aged Gin was made available for sale today (19 May), retailing at £36 for a 35cl bottle.
The collection includes: the “lightly sweet” Lowland Cask Aged Gin; Speyside Cask Aged Gin, which has classic flavours of vanilla and caramel; Highland Cask Aged Gin, which has richer sweet notes of apricot and raisin; the “mellow” Island Cask Aged Gin and the “faintly maritime and mineralic” Islay Cask Aged Gin.
Co-founder Matt Gammell said: With gin, there’s endless pleasure to be had experimenting with new flavours, serves and cocktails. Our latest offering of oak aged gin is truly a different way to experience fin, and to explore the world of Scotch whisky for spirit lovers the world over.”