The wait is over.
Our Hidden River Barrel Rested Gin is ready.
The Manatawny creek is a tributary to the mighty Schuylkill River. If you are not from the area you are probably wondering how to pronounce Schuylkill. Maybe this will help, (/ˈskuːlkɪl/ SKY-kil, locally /ˈskuːkəl/) or maybe not. Schuylkill is a Dutch name with “kill” meaning creek and “schuylen” meaning to hide. It is often translated to Hidden River. Early explorers would stumble on the river because it was so well hidden by the thick brush that lined the Schuylkill.
Manatawny Still Works’ Hidden River Gin pays homage to those explores. We like to draw the parallel of you being the explorers and not know what you have in Hidden River Gin until you stumble upon it and taste it.
If you have never had a barrel aged gin before you are truly in for a treat. To create Hidden River Barrel Rest Gin, we took our Odd Fellows No.214 Gin at 125 proof and let it rest in New White American Oak - 53 gallon barrels, for six weeks. In such a short period of time the barrel managed to impart some bold flavors to an already wonderful gin.
The nose hits you and at first you get vanilla, oak, and baking spices. When you come around for a second pass you start to get the suppressed juniper, citrus, and subtle pepper notes. It has a wonderfully complex nose that you could spend hours exploring.
While you don’t normally think of gin a spirit you'd drink neat, Hidden River Barrel Rest Gin is the exception. The barrel gives the finished spirit body and just enough sweetness. Just like in the nose, you first get the oak and vanilla on the palate. From there, so much is going on it’s hard to describe - you get the complex notes from the gin mixing with traditional oak and barrel characters.
I can’t wait to see what our bartenders do with this!
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