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Family Reserve

Written by Gin Foundry

On 26th September 2014, family gin distillers Hayman’s announced the release of their Family Reserve Gin, which replaces their Hayman’s 1850 in both on and off-trade. The new bottle design continues the family’s ongoing update across their portfolio, with five of their six gins now in the custom made bottles.

Both the Family Reserve recipe and the distillation process remain the same as the previous Hayman’s 1850, with the gin rested in aged Scotch whisky barrels for three weeks before bottling. The new bottle is a limited-edition launch and will be released in batches of 5,000 bottles with each being individually numbered alongside the batch number.

Commenting on the re-launch, Managing Director James Hayman said: “We wish to remain true to this style rather than be categorised as a cask rested or barrel aged gin. To our family, gin is about the botanicals – not the impact of the wood. The impact of the cask is minimal – first and foremost – it is a fine gin that is versatile for classic and modern gin cocktails”.

All six of the family’s gins use the same botanical line up, but the emphasis changes depending on the gin. The style of Hayman’s Family Reserve differs to the other Hayman’s recipes due to the coriander and juniper being the more dominant botanicals. With Hayman’s other styles of Gin – in particular their London Dry – the citrus is prevalent on the nose. The result in the Family Reserve is a smooth and rounded style of gin, with hints of lemony spice and a peppery finish. While only imparting a small amount of flavour given the resting period is so short, the impact of the wood adds a subtle mellow note to the gin’s overall profile.