Looking back at the history of spirits production, barrel ageing is nothing new to brandy, whisky and rum distillation. Barrel-aged gin, however, is relatively new to the South African industry with Durban-based Distillery031 claiming their Barrel Aged Gin to be a South African first as recently as 2019.
Barrel-aged gin has been around for decades in most other countries around the world, and in South Africa gin distillers are increasingly successfully creating unique and innovative barrel-aged spirits.
Traditionally, however, barrel-aging means months in wood, rather than years. It therefor makes sense that smaller blocks, added to the spirits, impart the warmth of oak to spirits at a fraction of the cost and time it would take to achieve the same results. Here TNCoopers Viniblocks have a solution.
But when it comes to gin, the ageing time is usually short, as the wood should complement the botanicals rather than overwhelm the botanicals.