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Craft gin distiller Pickering’s has launched a unique collection of oak aged gins today, matured in single malt whisky casks, hand-picked from distilleries in five of Scotland’s distinct whisky regions.

Based at Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh, Pickering’s Gin has created a special marriage between two of Scotland’s best loved spirits, by ageing its award-winning gin in five Scotch malt whisky casks from Islay, Speyside, the Lowlands, Islands and the Highlands.

This is the first time a gin distillery has launched a collection of five oak aged gins. The gin is aged in one cask from each of the five regions at a time. Each cask yields just 200 bottles of never-to-be-repeated 47% ABV oak aged gin.

After travelling the length and breadth of Scotland to select the casks, founders Marcus Pickering and Matt Gammell brought the barrels back to 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. Each rare, collectable gin can be drunk like a whisky using water or ice, or savoured in cocktails to bring out the gin’s subtle whisky notes left behind by the five distinctive casks.

The flavour profile ranges from the light and citric aromas of Speyside to the sweeter, peatier notes of the Islay region. Pickering’s Oak Aged Gin goes on sale from 8.30am Thursday 19 May 2016, retailing at £36 for a 35ml bottle. It is available to buy either online at www.pickeringsgin.com or directly from the Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh. Pickering’s Gin is based on an original Bombay recipe dating from 1947.

The marvellously mixed gin is spectacularly smooth, refreshing and flavoursome and is handcrafted at Summerhall Distillery – the first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years.

It has already collected the awards to prove it including picking up Gold at the World Spirits Awards in 2015.

TASTING NOTES

pickerings oak aged collection

Lowland Cask Aged Gin

Strength: 47% alc./vol. Whisky region: Lowland This region’s softer landscape is reflected in the lighter colour and character of its whiskies. Aroma: Fresh, with a citric top-note. Slightly sweet, but not cloying. With water the nose opens up. Toffee notes come through and the aroma of lemon fudge confectionary.

Taste: Lightly sweet with a light spritz. The cask brings some spiciness giving a tingling sensation across the tongue. Hints of tobacco, then herbs (dried sage), some lingering fruity notes and a lemony aftertaste.

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Speyside Cask Aged Gin

Strength: 47% alc./vol.

Whisky region: Speyside Over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries can be found in this region alone. Aroma: Light, fresh and citric to start, with a faint mossy base note and wood shavings in the finish. Water opens up a more mushroomy, damp woody undercurrent.

Taste: The delicate sweetness of Speyside whiskies is evident, though subtle. Classic flavours of vanilla & caramel emerge. Lime flavoured boiled sweets with a woody, vegetal quality.

 

pickerings oak aged collectionHighland Cask Aged Gin

Strength: 47% alc./vol.

Whisky region: Highland The Highland region covers a vast and diverse area of Scotland. Its whiskies are often full-bodied and powerful. Aroma: A prickly nosefeel. Behind the prickle, it’s mossy/woody with a hint of pepper. Water raises citric notes and traces of sweet soft fudge. Reminiscent of boiled lemon sweets – a sherbet lemon without the sherbet.

Taste: The juniper shines through from the start, giving way to richer sweet notes of apricot and raisin. A suggestion of whisky in the aftertaste – wood and vanilla?

 

pickerings oak aged collection

Island Cask Aged Gin

Strength: 47% alc./vol.

Whisky region: Island The whisky distilleries from this region – Orkney, Skye, Mull, Arran and Jura – often share a salty, maritime character.

Aroma: Mellow, with faint notes of light toffee, vanilla and dried peat. With water it’s slightly maritime, on a base of moss and dry peat.

Taste: Here the mouthfeel is drier. Slightly salty with a subtle smoky dimension. Chlli-pepper in the aftertaste that complements the fresh juniper notes. With a touch more water, the cask adds a base note of faint smoke, with a touch of vanilla. The maritime flavours return, and the aftertaste has a trace of peat smoke.

 

 

pickerings oak aged collectionIslay Cask Aged Gin

Strength: 47% alc./vol.

Whisky region: Islay The small island of Islay is home to Scotland’s most powerful and peaty whiskies.

Aroma: Mild sweetness and some toffee notes. Dried, crumbly peat and an elusive waft of peat smoke. Faintly maritime and mineralic. Water brings out a more herbal quality.

Taste: Lovely and fragrant, with herbal notes and a maritime saltiness. The influence of the cask is unmistakable. Following the gin’s initial softness, a light whiff of peat smoke, with iodine and medicinal notes. It’s Islay, but not as you know it.

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