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Review: Compass Distillers Gin Wild

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 13, 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: Prairie Organic (Handcrafted) Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 12, 2020

Prairie Organic Spirits are produced and bottled by Ed Phillips and Sons located in Princeton, Minnesota. Each batch is distilled to taste, not a prescribed number of times, in small batches at Phillips Distilling Company.  According to the company website:

Every batch of our farm-crafted spirits begins as single vintage organic yellow corn grown on family farms. Our farmers grow organically so that our spirits are free of harmful chemicals and GMOs. Growing without herbicides and pesticides requires more time in the field, and more regulations and standards to uphold, but we’re not ones to compromise. From knowing our farmers to distilling every batch until it tastes just right …

In the case of the Prairie Organic Gin, we are given a glimpse of what to expect in terms of flavour as the website tells us to expect;

Bursts of herbs, sage, juniper and exotic spices, complementing a dry and refreshing taste with a long, delicate finish. It’s smooth from the ground up and easy going down.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Prairie Organic (Handcrafted) Gin

“… When I took my first sip, I noticed that there was a stronger push of juniper in the delivery than which was revealed by the nose. This juniper push is accompanied by a soft earthy bitterness which hinted at the presence of angelica and perhaps sage as well. Some anise, citrus peel and hints of cinnamon spice work their way into the flavour profile …”

Please enjoy my review which includes the serving suggestion, Gin and Lime.




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Review: Scapegrace Small Batch Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 6, 2020

Scapegrace Dry Gin is produced in New Zealand, by Rouge Society Distilling. Their New Zealand gin was of course called Rouge Society Gin which worked out quite well until it was pointed out that a beer company in America had a similar name. This prevented Rouge Society from being able to export their gin into the European Union as the beer company apparently got their first. Looking for a new name, the rouge gentleman settled upon Scapegrace which apparently is an eighteenth century word for rouge.

The company produces three gins, their Premium Dry Gin which is the subject of this review, a Premium Gold Dry Gin and a Premium Black Dry Gin.

The Premium Dry Gin is apparently produced upon a 19th century John Dore Still using 12 classic botanicals, juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander seeds, nutmeg, cardamom pods, angelica root, cloves, licorice root, orris root, cinnamon sticks, cassia bark, and dried tangerine.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Scapegrace Small Batch Dry Gin

“… Juniper and licorice play alongside fresh citrus zest and lightly spicy cardamom notes. These scents and aromas all seem softened somewhat with a touch of warm earthiness implied. Faint wisps from the other botanicals seem to weave in and out. The cinnamon and nutmeg add just a touch of pungency to the breezes, and hints of both orange and lemon appear and disappear …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Gin Martini.



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Review: Beefeater London Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 5, 2020

Beefeater London Dry Gin is currently produced in Kennington, a district of South East London, in the United Kingdom. The company has roots stretching back to 1820 when the Chelsea Distillery was constructed on Cale Street and served as the first home for Beefeater Gin. The founder of the company, James Burrough, was not born until 1835, and it was not until about 1876 that the Beefeater brand was created from gin produced at the Chelsea Distillery. Over time the brand has changed locations twice, first in 1908 to Hutton Road, and then in 1958 to its present location in Kennington.

The Beefeater Gin website lists nine ingredients which are used to flavour the gin: Juniper, Lemon Peel, Seville Orange Peel, Almonds, Orris Root, Coriander Seed, Angelica Seed, Angelica Root, and Licorice Root. The list classic ingredients for a typical London Dry Gin.

In Canada, the Beefeater spirit is sold at 40 % abv.. Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: Beefeater London Dry Gin

“… As I sniff the glass I get the impression that I am going to find the Beefeater Gin to be a very laid back and gentle spirit. Soft piny notes of juniper and earthy notes of licorice arise beside fresh scents of orange and lemon zest. A touch of coriander spiciness is present as well …”

Please enjoy my fresh look at Beefeater London Dry Gin, which concluded with my suggested cocktail the Beefeater, Lime and Tonic (The BLT).


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Review: Top Shelf Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 27, 2020

Top Shelf Distillers are located in Perth, a town in Eastern Ontario, located on the Tay River, about 80 kilometres southwest of Ottawa. At one time Perth was home to four distilleries, the two most famous, McLaren and Spalding & Stewart, were located in limestone buildings alongside the Tay River catering to the tastes of the early Scottish settlement by producing malt whisky similar to the Scottish style of the day.

Top Shelf Distillers have began to once again bottle spirits in Perth. Vodka and Gin are their core brands, making up most of the distilleries total volume, with their primary market being Ontario. They have also began to sell their spirits in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Top Shelf Gin is presented as a classic citrus forward gin with a botanical selection which includes Juniper berries, fresh & dried Grapefruit peel, faint notes of Cardamom, Angelica and Licorice root.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Top Shelf Gin

“… Scents of juniper are melded with licorice which softens the piny edge of the spirit making it just a little softer and more earthy. (The angelica may be exerting its influence as well.) Alongside we notice the effect of cardamom and citrus (in particular grapefruit peel)  as they provide a spicy accent. …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with my recipe suggestion, the Top Shelf Gin and Tonic.


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