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. The key was to respect the original gin and not, through over enthusiasm and over-ageing, create what amounted to terrible whisky.

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 new bourbon 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.

Usually when ageing spirits the rule of thumb is the longer the better. In this case however, rousing it relatively early from its slumbers after only nine months demonstrated that patience isn’t everything, sometimes knowing when to stop is more important!

9 Moons cask aged gin comes from new bourbon oak casks. They are filled with high strength Martin Miller’s Gin then aged for 9 months, or 9 Moons, in Martin Miller’s Gin’s barrel store in Borgarnes, Iceland. Around 2,000 bottles, each individually numbered, are drawn from the casks and then blended at the source to an optimum bottling strength of 40% with Icelandic spring water, adding that Martin Miller’s smooth quality.

By good fortune Iceland’s cold and surprisingly dry climate proves to be the optimal atmosphere for the ageing of gin, presenting many advantages. These conditions gave the ability to slow down the ageing process significantly and allow the capability to precisely measure the progress of this complex and intriguing spirit.

With a few different types of barrels laid to rest we hope there will be a few more opportunities to raise a glass on future occasions.


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