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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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Review: Empire London Dry Gin (Highwood Distillers)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 14, 2020

The Highwood Distillery is the only locally (Albertan) owned major distillery in Canada. It sits in the town of High River, Alberta, which lies just about 40 minutes due south of Calgary, at the foot of the Rocky Mountain. The distillery producing more than 300,000 cases of bottled spirits per year. Although the bulk of their production goes towards Vodka, Flavoured Vodka, and Premixes, they also produce a sizable (and growing) amount of Whisky and Gin each year.

Empire Gin is the company’s premium traditional style London Dry Gin. It is produced by blending a light-bodied vodka spirit with juniper and the distillery’s own special botanical selection of natural herbs, spices and citrus. These botanicals are introduced during the final distillation, and the final spirit is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my refreshed review:

Review: Empire London Dry Gin

“… We have a floral bouquet of coriander and citrus elements (in particular orange and lime; but also some grapefruit zest and hints of lemon). I also sense a firm juniper aroma with a mix of flowery herbs, building black licorice and a hint of mint and in the breezes above the glass …”

Please enjoy this refreshed review with updated photos and scoring. And do enjoy the cocktail suggestions which accompany the review.

Chimo!

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Review: Tanqueray No.10 Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 7, 2020

Tanqueray Gin was originally produced by Charles Tanqueray in London, England in 1830 at the Bloomsbury Distillery. The distillery prospered through the nineteenth century; but after being in production for over one hundred years, it was almost destroyed in the bombing raids of World War II by the German air force. One still survived, and this still affectionately called “Old Tom” was moved to the new facilities in Cameron Scotland where Tanqueray gin is currently produced.

Tanqueray No. 10, is produced through a quadruple distillation process with the botanicals infused prior to the fourth distillation. Rather than using only the citrus peel for their infusion, Tanqueray 10 is instead made with the whole fruit. Thus entire grapefruits, oranges and limes are used along with juniper, angelica, coriander, licorice and chamomile in the production of the No. 10 Gin. It is named for the “Tiny Ten” still, from which all of the No. 10 Gin is distilled, and is considered the most premium gin in the Tanqueray line up. Tanqueray No. 10 is bottled at 47.3% alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my refreshed review:

Review: Tanqueray No.10  Gin

“… The breezes above the glass bring light juniper smells which remind me reminds me of the scents and smells of spruce and pine trees which I encounter when I go camping in the forests of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are some sweet floral notes which are hard to identify (probably some chamomile in there); but the floral character combines well with the citrus aromas of lime and grapefruit (especially the grapefruit) …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two serving suggestions, a Traditional Gin Martini, and a simple Gin and Lime Cocktail.

Chimo!

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Review: Tanqueray Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 30, 2020

Tanqueray Gin was originally produced by Charles Tanqueray in London, England in 1830 at the Bloomsbury Distillery. The distillery prospered through the nineteenth century; but after being in production for over one hundred years, it was badly damaged in the bombing raids of World War II by the German air force. One still survived, and this still affectionately called “Old Tom” was moved to the new facilities in Cameron, Scotland where Tanqueray gin is currently produced.

Tanqueray Gin, is a London Dry Gin distilled four times with the botanicals infused prior to the fourth distillation. According to the Tanqueray website, juniper, coriander, angelica root and licorice are the four major botanicals used in the gin’s construction. The spirit is bottled at different proofs for different regional markets.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Tanqueray Gin

“… Tanqueray Gin has a very obvious juniper flavour which comes forward in the initial delivery; yet the bitterness which so often accompanies juniper seems to be for the most part, absent. Instead, there is a soft lemony sweetness melding into that juniper flavour giving the gin an approachability I was not expecting. Light citric spices add a mild effervescence, and a soft earthy flavour reminiscent of damp soil or humus seems to lie underneath supporting the melded flavours of juniper, lemon and spice …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two serving suggestions, the Gin and Toni (with Lemon) and the Gin Martini.

Chimo!

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