Gin Farallon Holy Wood & Cask enjoyed some high praise recently from noted drinks and travel writer Virginia Miller. Published January 18, 2021, in Distiller Magazine, her monthly new release column features a handful of noteworthy spirits with taste ratings. Most importantly, the column is less about tasting notes, focusing more on uniqueness and trends. Mentioned are the distinctive qualities of each spirit and what makes them a must-have.
Barrel-aged gins, Miller says, are ideal for winter given their warm and woody profile. As a result, barrel-aged gins work well in cocktails that would typically feature whiskey or aged rum. If done right, the botanical layers in the gin balance perfectly alongside the subtle sweetness of the flavors from the oak barrels. Here’s what she had to say about our Holy Wood & Cask:
Farallon gets balance right, and their Holy Wood & Cask barrel aged gin is a prime example. Conditioned for two months in new American oak barrels, then infused with Peruvian Palo Santo, aka “Holy Wood” (a first for any gin), it is, thankfully, a barrel aged standout with its warm spice and woody notes. It’s bold, memorable and beautiful in cocktails.– Virginia Miller, Distiller Magazine
Taste rating: 4.5