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Review: Liberator Vodka (Highwood Distillers)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 16, 2022

The Liberator brand is an authentic small batch craft brand produced by Highwood Distillers to honor the WWII RCAF base that was located in their home town of High River as well as to honor the brave men and women who fought in WWII. This is a small volume craft offering created such that Highwood Distillers would have a 100% Alberta made craft spirits line produced for the local market.

According to Michael Nychyk, Operations Manager at the Distillery:

This is a small volume brand in our portfolio; but we are proud it honours the RCAF and their connection to High River. And not to mention the spirits are great quality!

Their Liberty Vodka is distilled in small batches using locally sourced wheat. The local aquifer fed by the nearby Rocky Mountains is used as their water source, and the vodka is polished through a multi stage charcoal filtration system prior to bottling which is done with hand-applied closures and labels. The small batch production is limited to a maximum of 300 cases per batch.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Liberator Vodka (Highwood Distillers)

“… When I took a sip, my impression was that the vodka was soft vodka on the tongue. The lemon and lime in the breezes were joined by impressions of mint. The spirit was also lightly spicy with a pop of rye-like grain spice livening the palate …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my serving suggestion, the Vodka Daiquiri.




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Review: Spring Mill Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 25, 2022

The Spring Mill Distillery has roots in Upper Canada that stretch all the way back to 1836 when the Sleeman Family built a Distillery to augment the Brewery built 2 year earlier. While the Brewery became a Canadian success story, the Distillery was quite the opposite as it ceased operations almost immediately after it was founded. However, the seed of that distillery must have have stayed with the Sleemans, as 183 years later they did it all over again and launched the Spring Mill Distillery on the banks of the Speed River in Guelph, Ontario.

Spring Mill Distillery Vodka is produced from a base spirit of Red Winter wheat on copper stills which look like they would be perfectly at home in any Scottish Single Malt Distillery.

Here is a link to my full review of the Spring Mill Vodka spirit:

Review: Spring Mill Vodka

“… There are light indications of spicy grain and perhaps just a touch of wheat flour on the nose. As the spirit warms the spiciness becomes more intense a light indications of lemon grass and banana also appear …”

Please enjoy my review which conclude with a daiquiri/gimlet style cocktail I call Civility. The world could certainly use more civility right now …



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Review: Wheatley Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 1, 2021

Wheatley Vodka is produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, America’s oldest continually-operated distillery.  Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley is responsible for the brand which is distilled in small-batches using a one of a kind micro-still.  This is a wheat based vodka which is distilled a total of 10 times before being triple filtered and then bottled at 41 % alcohol by volume.

This is meant to be a craft spirit suitable to drink on its own or to mix in your favourite vodka cocktails.

When tasting Wheatley Vodka for the first time the spirit was chilled such that I would be tasting the spirit in roughly the same manner as my friends and I would normally enjoy the spirit. I sipped the spirit, downed a shot, tried a few food parings and then made a cocktail.

Then I repeated the entire sequence once again (on a separate day) This time with the vodka served at room temperature.

Here is a link to my full review and commentary:

Review: Wheatley Vodka

“… Despite the spiciness I did not notice any undo effects of alcohol astringency. The spirit seems relatively clean, albeit somewhat spicy. My first cautious sip brought a taste of lemon zest forward, with bits of heated grain spice and hints banana and wheat porridge …”

Please enjoy the review and my suggested serving, Maggie Mae. (I was chilling to the music of Rod Stewart while sipping the cocktail.)



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End of the Summer Cocktail: Mint Summer Splash

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2019

For those of you who are concerned about the amount of sugar in your drinks and cocktails, Smirnoff has come up with this new line-up of flavours for your enjoyment, their new Zero Sugar Infusions. My understanding is that the new Smirnoff line-up is available throughout the US, and that the Infusions come in three new flavors: Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint and Strawberry & Rose.

The recipe I am sharing is for Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion. It’s a highball style libation called the Mint Summer Splash.

Mint Summer Splash

2 oz. Smirnoff Watermelon-Mint Zero Sugar Infusions
2 oz. Watermelon sparkling water
1 oz. bottled watermelon juice
1 oz. club soda
Mint leaves for garnish

Combine all the Ingredients in a highball glass and serve.

I assume that for a true sugar free libation, care must be used when selecting the sparkling water and club soda brands, but I will leave that up to you.

Stay tuned for my full review of Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion in the coming weeks.

And its good to be back writing again, this summer was fraught with distractions and difficulties which kept me away. Please forgive.



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Review: Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 31, 2019

Dixon’s Distilled Spirits is located in Guelph Ontario. This small distillery produces two brands of Vodka (Silvercreek and Flaming Caesar), two styles of Wicked Gin (a Licorice Botanical Blend and a Citrus Botanical Blend), as well as a ready to drink mix called Gin Fusion.

According to Dixon’s website, Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka is:

Distilled from Canadian corn and hand-bottled with pride. Carbon filtered for a pure, smooth taste with delicate notes of citrus and pear and with a bready undertone. Perfect on its own, on the rocks or in a martini.

I spent a couple afternoons with Silver Creek Vodka and my resulting review can be found by clicking on the following link:

Review: Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka

“… When I brought the chilled glass to my nose, I found the aroma was clean with only very light scents of starch flour and grain spice. However, when I took a small sip I was taken aback by a light but firm metallic taste and an unfortunate vegetal quality. I could also taste a mild sweetness, some grainy spice and an impression of mojito mint …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two cocktail suggestions, the Sliver Creek Gimlet, and the Sloe and Comfortable Silver Creek Screw.


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