Gin - Other

Captive Spirits Bourbon Barreled Aged Big Gin

From: Washington, United States Liquor Review Category: Other Gin

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Gin category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2015

Proof66 Notes

Barrel Aged Big Gin takes their traditional dry and ages it for a period of time in ex-bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill Distilleries of Kentucky, a newer technique becoming popular among gin makers. We take this to mean there will be an oak-driven caramel and vanilla quality (along with a light color) to the juniper forward London Dry. 

Big Gin is the first release from Captive Spirits made in the tradition of the London Dry style. They describe it as having a "burnt orange and juniper nose." According to the detailed write-up at Seattle Met, the distillate comes from 100% corn, which is a bit unusual in the gin world, where a lot of the distillate uses wheat, rye, or barley. We're told Captive Spirits aims for the most neutral flavor profile possible with the corn grain to help showcase the botanicals. The distillate is imported from Kentucky and then infused and blended down on site. The name is in honor of Ben Capdevielle's father known as "Big Jim."

Captive Spirits is a Washington-based company run by Ben Capdevielle, Todd Leabman, and Holly Robinson. 

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2014-07-16)
The Barrel Aged version of Big Gin is a true standout and something you can drop an ice cube in and sip as a genuine whiskey alternative. This avant garde style of gin is right up Seattle's alley... if you're pretentious enough for a premium, exotic coffee in the morning than you're pretentious enough for rocks glass with aged Seattle gin at night. Best use for this gin is simply in a glass with exactly one ice cube... it could easily convert a committed whiskey snob.
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