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Review: Taynton Bay Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 3, 2021

It was about a year ago that I received a bottle of Taynton Bay Gin to review, and I will admit that I have been somewhat remiss in my obligation to sit down and write my review. Unfortunately just as I was to open the bottle, North America began feel the effects of the Covid 19 virus. My own sports memorabilia retail store was shut down for two months, and as I had developed a mild but stubborn cold, I spent over a month in isolation in March and April.

After that things were a bit of a scramble for me, with my mind preoccupied with keeping my business running, and allowing my hobby which is reviewing spirits on my website to suffer. It was not until December, that I really was back on track and my backlog of spirits to write about had become huge.

Fortunately, I have began to catch up, and I have finally got to that bottle of Taynton Bay Gin.

Taynton Bay Spirits are located in Invermere British Columbia making their spirits from wheat which is grown only 10km from their distillery. Their website advertises that they use only real ingredients in the production of these spirits with no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. 

Here is a link to my full review and cocktail suggestion:

Review: Taynton Bay Gin  

“… The juniper is soft and muted and it takes a little while for the impact of the piny aroma to become apparent. It is the same for the lemon citrus and coriander which begin to penetrate the breezes only after the glass has had an opportunity to breathe for a few minutes …”

Please enjoy the review:

Chimo!

 

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Review: Greenall’s Original London Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 13, 2021

Greenall’s Gin is produced by Britain’s oldest distilling company, (G & J Greenall), where the spirit is produced using the same London Dry method that has been used at that distillery since 1761. According to the company website:

Greenall’s The Original London Dry Gin remains unchanged from the original recipe, closely guarded by just seven master distillers in our 250-year history. Today we continue to build on this classic, award winning recipe as we create new and original gins, just as our founder did all those years ago.

And build on it they have, and G and J Greenall are not only the oldest distilling company in Britain, they also produce almost 70 % of the gin and vodka in the UK acting as a third party distiller for many other brand owners.

Greenall’s Original London Dry Gin is a tradition dry gin with juniper at the heart of its botanical mix. Other botanicals are said to include coriander, lemon peel, cassia bark and ground almond.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Greenall’s Original London Dry Gin

“… A classic dry gin with juniper, citrus zest, soft licorice and hints of spicy coriander. The impression I get is that everything has been tempered so that no particular botanical is highlighted (except perhaps the juniper). Although the profile is classic, it is sort of a tempered classic …”

Please enjoy my first gin review of 2021.

Chimo!

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Review: Compass Distillers Gin Wild

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 19, 2020

Compass Distillers is located in Halifax Nova Scotia, where Graham, Josh, and David began their distilling journey with a belief that they could create world-class spirits locally. Their artisan Craft Spirits are not imported, they are not blended with generic ingredients, nor are they pumped out of a factory; Rather, they are made from scratch, with locally sourced ingredients.

Gin Wild is Compass Distillers version of a classic gin with a Nova Scotian twist. Constructed from a base spirit of 100% Nova Scotian wheat, the gin is distilled with a blend of classic gin botanicals,with wild Nova Scotian juniper given the starring role. This juniper is handpicked from the rocky barrens of the Nova Scotia coastline. The rugged shores and climate impart a strong character to the berry. Other botanicals include orange, lemon, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cilantro & ginger.

Here is a link to my latest gin review:

Review: Compass Distillers Gin Wild

“… The nose translates extremely well across the palate as we do indeed have a bit of an edge on the juniper and with firm peppery spices (coriander and hints of ginger) chasing. Orange and lemon flavours play underneath softening the flavour just a little and bringing balance. Hill side florals trail merrily along …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two serving suggestion, the Red Lion, and the March Lion.

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Review: Sheringham Seaside Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 17, 2020

Sheringham Distillery is located in Sooke B.C., a locale which overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Southern Vancouver Island. The name ‘Sheringham” is an homage to the name original name given to the area in 1846. When the first postal service arrived and the first Post Office was built, the name Sheringham was shortened to ‘Shirley’ so that it would fit properly on the postage stamp. (The Distillery was originally located at Shirley B.C which is about 20 minutes north of Sooke.)

Sheringham Seaside Gin is produced from B.C. grown white wheat and malted barley, natural botanicals and sustainable hand-harvested local winged kelp (Alaria marginata). Named botanicals on the back of the bottle also include, juniper, Coriander, Citrus, Rose, Anise and Lavender. The spirit has won a string of awards, a Silver Medal at the San Fransisco Spirit Awards in 2017, a CASC Gold medal in 2018, and in 2019 at the World Gin Awards the spirit was named World’s Best Contemporary Gin.

I served Sheringham Seaside Gin at a tasting event I held for my friends, and some of the commentary included in the review includes their thoughts as well as my own.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Sheringham Seaside Gin

“… The Seaside gin was bringing a beautifully balanced aroma of juniper accented with bright citrus and spicy coriander into the air. There was a nice floral flair accompanying those olfactory sensations, and meandering within all of that was a light breezy quality that reminded everyone of the seashore perhaps even with a hint of salt …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, The Lady of the Empire.

Chimo!

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Review: Tawse Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 9, 2020

The Tawse Winery is situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario. The Winery not only produces a nice range of wines and cider, it also produces a range of spirits which includes Vodka, Canadian Whisky and Gin. Early last year I was sent samples of their gin and vodka for review; unfortunately the worldwide pandemic stuck creating such a turmoil that my review and publication schedule for the website was thrown into disarray. Beginning in November, I began to pick up the pieces, and have finally taken the Tawse Dry Gin from my shelf to taste and review.

Tawse Dry Gin is produced entire from 100% Ontario grown corn. The spirit is distilled upon the Winery’s Copper Pot Still where it passes through a blend of 10 botanicals. The result is an aromatic gin with juniper berry, citrus, floral and spicy notes. Tawse Gin is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Tawse Gin

“… A nice combination of citrus and juniper with trailing aromas of black licorice and berries. A good indication of the spiciness of cardamom and coriander seems to play in the background adding to the traditional feel of this hand crafted gin …”

Please enjoy my review of this wonderful Canadian Gin.

Chimo!

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