Falcon Spirits Distillery has set out to make a refined historical curiosity using brandy. Their barrel-aged gin begins with a brandy base, distilled from northern California grape wines. The herbal structure complements the grape, making it stand apart from its vapor-infused gin. It is then matured in brand new toasted French oak barrels for a minimum of eight months. The eight-month barrel is then blended with a small amount of younger barrels in a semi-Solera style blending, which gives the gin depth. The result is a sublime cross between brandy and gin, with complex, yet balanced notes of juniper, vanilla, lemon verbena, and other hand-picked herbs.