Waterloo Antique Barrel Reserve Gin

The Schtick: Today’s gin reviews covered Treaty Oak’s Antique Gin – an American gin aged in medium char white oak barrels for 18-24 months. Treaty Oak is based in Dripping Springs Texas, and this is one of the darkest aged gins I’ve seen, no doubt due to the TX climate. Let’s get to it.

Review #1639 | Gin Review #48

Distiller: Treaty Oak

Bottler: Treaty Oak

Brand: Waterloo


ABV: 47% ABV

Age: 18 Months

Nose: Powerful and oak forward. Notes of mesquite, barbecue, oak, cassia and vanilla. Rich toffee and caramel. A hint of juniper manages to squeak through a little. Powerful cinnamon.

Taste: Rich on the palate, very oaky. This is very clearly heavily influenced by the barrel, with a lot of caramel, cassia, bitter oak and toffee. Red hots candies. Juniper and some citrus peek through, but this gin is all about the barrel.

Finish: Long, rich and powerful. Here is where it gets good. Typically I dont love the finishes on aggressively aged gins, but things really fire here. While the palate was a bit disjointed, the finish is excellent. Lots of caramel to play against the sharp juniper, lots of sweet cream to contrast the pepper. Rich orange peel and lemon zest.

Overall: This bottle made me a believer in the end, and it had to work hard to do it. But, it pulled it off. The nose is straight cinnamon and barbecue. The palate clues us in to the complexity to come, though a hair bitter. The finish is truly the finale though, with some great balance and complexity. I like this one, its very good.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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