Jedd Haas and the crew at Atelier Vie—the craft distillery located inside the Art Egg in Mid City—have just added the first-ever Louisiana based barrel-aged gin Euphrosine #9 to their line up of artisan spirits, which include vodka, rice whiskey, a standard gin, and a fine absinthe selection.
Barrel-aged gins—known for the tasting notes and color similar to that of whiskey—have been having a moment lately, since Oregon-based Ransom Spirits resurrected the daunting process back in 2008 along with the help of booze-historian David Wondrich. Atelier Vie now joins the ranks of distillers such Greenhook Ginsmiths and Watershed Distillery currently casking gin in oak barrels to achieve a fine amber hue and complex flavor profile. In a press release, Haas notes:
Interestingly, Federal law does not allow an ‘age statement' on gin labels;
they've begun enforcing this more vigorously recently. Therefore, we call this ‘aged'
version of our Euphrosine Gin #9 our ‘Barrel-Finished Reserve' and make reference to
‘casking' it in American oak whiskey barrels on the label.
Bottled at 90 proof in 750 milliliter bottles, Atelier Vie's barrel-aged Euphrosine is now available for $40/bottle at the distillery. The standard version of Euphrosine #9 is also now available for $30/bottle. Both can be purchased at the distillery (at Broad and Euphrosine) on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The product just launched today, May 18, so expect it at local retailers and bars in the coming days.
Or you can head to Brady's Wine Warehouse on May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Pearl Wine on May 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a taste of Euphrosine.