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Posts Tagged ‘Black Fox Distillery’

Review: Black Fox Cucumber Gin #7

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 6, 2020

Black Fox Distillery (located at 245 Valley Road Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) was founded by John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote, two third generation farmers who have farmed, studied, consulted and participated in agriculture on five different continents.

John told me that their distillery is a bit different from most of the others in the area as John and Barb ferment, distill and age all of their spirits right there at the distillery. According to John, in Saskatchewan approximately 90% of craft distilled products are coming from NGS (nuetral grain spirit) purchased from large manufactures. Black Fox Distillery is trying to show the world that there should be a bit more craft in craft spirits.

One of their craft spirits is Black Fox Cucumber Gin #7.

According to John:

Once you open the bottle you will understand how many cucumbers we have to pick to create this product.  We wanted to create a unique product that was very cucumber forward. The recipe also includes a bit of caraway to accentuate the flavours.  I mixes best with soda or even ginger ale (also makes a nice mojito).

The Cucumber Gin is bottled at 42 % abv, and here is a link to my full review:

Review: Black Fox Cucumber Gin #7

“… The spirit has a nice gin forward aroma with both juniper and coriander spice apparent in the breezes. And of course there is a very real cucumber taint within the air as well …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with one of John Cote’s serving suggestions, Cucumber Gin and Ginger Ale.

Chimo!

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#Ginuary Review: Black Fox Oaked Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 15, 2020

Black Fox Distillery (located at 245 Valley Road Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) was founded by John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote, two third generation farmers who have farmed, studied, consulted and participated in agriculture on five different continents. The distillery comes by its name from a fortunate visitor to the Cote’s farmyard at Leask, a municipality about 80 kilometers southwest of the City of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

The Black Fox apparently had made a home nearby and could be seen scampering away when John and Barb headed out in the morning.  They even saw him playing with another red fox in the field. Two foxes playing together is not an unfamiliar scene on the prairies, but this scene was transformed into something special by a black fox.

Black Fox Oaked Gin was aged for six to eight months in a virgin American White Oak barrel after the spirit vapours had gently extracted the botanical flavours and aromas during distillation. The interaction between the oak and the botanicals brings forward a more complex gin with new flavours to discover.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Black Fox Oaked Gin

“… The nose is quite complex with juniper hiding within impressions of vanilla, caramel and light oak spices. Burnt orange peel, hints of clove and nutmeg give us a fleeting impression of Christmas spices, and then we notice a little licorice. Just as with my previously reviewed Black Fox #3, they is a floral flair in the air …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my cocktail recommendation, the Black Fox Negroni.

Chimo!

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#Ginuary Review: Black Fox Gin #3

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 10, 2020

Black Fox Distillery (located at 245 Valley Road Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) was founded by John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote, two third generation farmers who have farmed, studied, consulted and participated in agriculture on five different continents.

John told me that their distillery is a bit different from most of the others in the area as John and Barb ferment, distill and age all of their spirits right there at the distillery.  According to John, in Saskatchewan approximately 90% of craft distilled products are coming from NGS (nuetral grain spirit) purchased from large manufactures. Black Fox Distillery is trying to show the world that there should be a bit more craft in craft spirits.

Black Fox Gins are numbered because they are hand made in single batches. Each time, depending on the ingredients John and Barb have in their fields, the batch will be little bit different than the last one. In the case of Black Fox Gin #3, it is constructed from a recipe of 15 different spices and flowers which includes Calendula flowers and rhubarb grown on the distillery farm. Triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye) distillate is used as the base spirit.

Here is a link to my review of Black Fox Gin #3:

Review: Black Fox Gin #3

“… subdued notes of juniper and coriander/cardamom rising into the breezes. The gin has a light floral quality which may be indicative of the Calendula flowers although with fifteen botanicals in all we very well may have other botanicals contributing as well …”

Please enjoy the review which includes my recipe for the wonderful Black Fox #3 Gin and Tonic.

Chimo!

 

 

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