Following on 17 years after Martin Miller’s was first launched, 9 Moons came into fruition as a result of some experimental cocktail creations by an adventurous group of mixologists in New York. They had put Martin Miller’s Gin into mini barrels ultimately producing stunning results. Being a gin purist and convinced of Martin Miller’s Gin’s perfection, co-founder Andreas Versteegh was sceptical at first, but with his taste buds intrigued he was inspired. His birthday was imminent, and as a treat for himself he bought a selection of oak barrels, which he had filled and stored in Iceland. The process of creating 9 Moons involved much tinkering with several barrels types in a quest for the perfect balance in flavour and finish. So, in the ageing of Martin Miller’s Gin, more subtle enhancements were sought that would add depth and emphasise the existing flavours of the gin. Barrels were lovingly monitored, tasted and discussed at great length. After precisely 9 months one of the oak barrels showed a perfect balance, maintaining the gin flavour, but with a little additional magic endowed by its nine leisurely months resting in its oaky bed.
The bouquet hits you with an aroma of sweet and warming oak. A second waft shows hints of vanilla and the familiar smell of Martin Miller’s – lime, lemon and soft juniper. Initially the palate has an earthy taste and then with those characteristic Martin Miller’s flavors listed above but they quickly give way to a cassia and liquorice root finish. There is also a slight warming at the end which is undoubtedly provided by the cask. Overall this is a very balanced gin. It will not be too unfamiliar to Martin Miller’s gin fans but will give them something a little different.