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Few Spirits Barrel Aged Gin

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

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2012

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2015

Proof66 Notes

Few Barrel Aged gin is a departure from their genever styled, malt-whiskey based gin. Instead, it is a more of a traditional gin distilled from a more neutral grain and then aged for four months in oak barrels, giving it a color and oakiness more commonly associated with whiskey. It is very much a combination of gin and whiskey. They suggest drinking in an Old Fashioned cocktail or Negroni. (From personal interview at Distill America 2013).

According to the press release, it is the first of their "specialty spirit" releases first launched on the Leap Year day, 2/29/12 with only 120 bottles (more quickly followed). 

We had the pleasure of trying the Few Aged Gin at Distill America 2013 and enjoyed it a great deal... it made our list of highlights of the night!

In a positive review from the 2012 Beverage Testing Institute, they called it "A whiskey lovers' gin" with "delicious bourbon notes." 

Few Spirits, founded by Paul Hletko, is an homage to the "timeless liquors of the past." It is based in Evanston, Illinois where they claim as the very birthplace of the (the late and unlamented) temperance movement... an article from the Chicago Reader cites dry rulings going all the way back to 1855. In fact, the FEW name is actually the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, who was the national president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement and figured largely in Prohibition (as well as the more laudable Women’s Suffrage). Thus, the name is a bit of an ironic joke. Should founder Paul Hletko and Frances Willard meet in heaven… well, that will be an interesting conversation. The spirits are batch distilled using American midwestern grain. Few Spirits says that when the first drop of liquor was made at their distillery it was the first legal drop of alcohol made in Evanston, IL.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2013-03-05)
We had a chance to try this gin at Distill America 2013 in Madison, WI and made our highlights list. This is a hybrid of a whiskey and a gin and it just… shouldn’t… work! But it does in every sense. The nose is all juniper and the finish is all whiskey. It’s outstanding on its own but really shines in certain whiskey-based cocktails, like an Old Fashioned but is also terrific in a Negroni. In the nascent class of aged gin, this is a standout and belongs in the gin bar.
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