Most people know David Stirk from his Exclusive Malt single barrel Scotch whisky selections, rather than from seeing his name plastered across the front of a gin label. We've been working directly with David for years, visiting his Glasgow warehouse annually in search of new whisky selections. But David came up with a clever idea recently. Since he was in the business of emptying Scotch barrels, he might as well be in the business of filling them as well. And fill those barrels, he did; but not with Scotch. He filled them with UK-distilled dry gin and allowed the clean, herbaceous spirit to rest inside those casks for some time. The result is half Scotch, half gin, and 100% unique. While there have been barrel-aged gins before, none have had the same level of richness. There is a true vanilla and caramel note on the finish as well as the texture and mouthfeel of a Scotch whisky. Simultaneously, though, there is the snappy, fresh flavor of juniper and savory herbs. It's wild stuff and it's the perfect crossover spirit if you're a fan of Scotch looking to branch out into gin. Try it in a Negroni for extra decadence.
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