Treaty Oak Distilling, the vanguard distillery, founded by Daniel Barnes in 2006, that has been at the leading-edge of the small spirits movement for over a decade, is proud to introduce a fresh new look for its Waterloo Gin portfolio. The trio of gins, which offer a modern take on the classic spirit, will first roll out in the brand’s home state of Texas, before launching in seven new U.S. markets.
Each gin is distilled in Dripping Springs, using limestone-filtered Texas spring water.
Waterloo No. 9, the first gin to be introduced in the state of Texas, draws inspiration from a traditional dry gin by utilizing ingredients such as juniper, coriander, and anise. But, its perhaps best defined by its unique floral and citrus qualities, like ginger, grapefruit zest, lavender, the latter two of which are sourced from the Texas valley, thanks to a partnership with Dr. Mani Skaria, founder of U.S. Citrus, who developed a proprietary USDA certified micro-budding citrus propagation technique. The Waterloo name pays homage to the original name for the city of Austin. No. 9 refers to the ninth expression the team selected from among 100 recipes. A gin as big as Texas, No. 9 won the coveted "Gin Masters Award" in London from among more than 300 entries. It was also the primary ingredient in the “Town Lake Yacht Club” cocktail, which was named the 2018 official drink of Austin.
In a sea of clear gins, Waterloo Antique Gin stands out due to its dark color. The longest aged gin on the market, this expression is barreled on-site before aging under the Texas sun in first use American White Oak barrels for 24 months. Distilled with local botanicals and Texas spring water, it flaunts a sweet floral and vanilla nose, and then reveals dark, herbal flavor notes, presenting hints of nutmeg and leather, before a sweet-spicy cinnamon finish. Meant to be served neat and drink like a whiskey, Antique also offers an intriguing option to replace whiskey in any cocktail. 94 proof.
The newest addition to the gin portfolio is Waterloo Old Yaupon, a unique take on an Old Tom Gin, meaning an 18th century London Dry. Pale-yellow in appearance, this 90-proof gem features botanicals such as Yaupon Holly, Juniper, Kaffir Lime, Anise, which are then back-sweetened with Wildflower Honey.
Waterloo No. 9 ($24.99) and Waterloo Antique Gins ($29.99) are now available in 750ml bottles at both on- and off-premise establishments in Texas. Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin ($24.99) can be found off-premise. Retail prices may vary by market. Later this year, the gins will roll out to seven additional U.S. markets, including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia. For more information, please visit www.waterloogin.com