Wonderland Distilling releases barrel-aged gin

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Courtesy Wonderland Distilling

A Muskegon craft distillery rolled out a limited-edition gin aged in an Amaro barrel.

Wonderland Distilling now is serving Amaro Barrel-Aged Gin at its cocktail bar at 1989 Lakeshore Drive in Muskegon.

The gin was aged for one year in an imported Italian Amaro barrel, creating a “complex and earthy gin perfect for drinking on the rocks or using in negronis or other gin-based cocktails,” the distillery said.

Wonderland Gin is a pot still gin with an organic wheat base made in a New World style, Wonderland said. Only one barrel of the spirit was produced, which was bottled into 25 cases for this limited run.

Wonderland’s Amaro Barrel-Aged Gin starts with a nose of floral notes, citrus, bitter root and baking spices. The palate is soft, with orange cream, vanilla and cinnamon as the dominant flavor profiles, with a “clean and velvety” finish.

“With its wheat base and welcoming flavors, Wonderland Gin adapts well to different influences, and that’s why we wanted to experiment with imported Amaro barrels,” said Allen Serio, partner and chief marketing officer for Wonderland. “The floral nature of the Amaro melds with the botanical components in our New World-style gin to create a spirit that is unmatched. In the year it spent in that barrel, this gin developed an incredible complexity that hits your palate 10 different ways and leaves you wanting more.”

Wonderland Distilling handcrafts whiskey, gin and vodka in small batches.

“We’ve spent our first few years perfecting our whiskey blends and our cocktail program and working through the usual new distillery hurdles like sales and distribution,” said Mark Gongalski, Wonderland Distilling CEO. “Now that we’re entering our third year, our team is able to be even more creative and use their knowledge and skills to begin releasing some of our experimental products that we’ve created completely by hand here in Muskegon.”

Wonderland’s cocktail bar in Muskegon’s Lakeside neighborhood serves handcrafted cocktails created exclusively with Wonderland spirits, along with locally sourced meals and small plates focused on local ingredients.

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