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Posts Tagged ‘Gin’

Cocktail Hour: Alpine Meadows

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 10, 2021

Alpine Meadow in its earliest form (yeah I know … terrible photo)

My Alpine Meadows cocktail had its beginnings back in January 2010 when I introduced the serving as a suggested cocktail for the Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky. This was early days for my website, and at that time I was just dipping my toes in the cocktail world.

The genesis of thought for the serving, is that I felt the floral notes within the Glenfiddich whisky and its firm oak character could be paired with the piny flavour of gin. It was just a thought, albeit perhaps a thought that ran contrary to the more common view that one should leave fifteen year old Single Malt whiskies alone as they are just fine the way they are.

I knew that a bridge needed to be built to encourage the coupling of the piny gin and the floral oaky single malt scotch, and so I added an orange liqueur and was pleased enough with the result to publish the serving within the body of that whisky review.

I have returned to that serving several times as a suggested serving for other whisky spirits as I have discovered that it’s construction is suitable for a wide range of Single Malt and Canadian Whiskies.

Today I am going to give everyone an improved construction based on a few tweaks which I believe improves the libation. The first tweak is the addition of bitters, Bittermen’s Boston Bittahs to be exact. These particular bitters have a firm citrus backbone which is paired heavy dose of chamomile. This adds a light floral punch to the cocktail. I am also adding a garnish, specifically orange zest which compliments not only the whisky, but also the gin and the citrus forward bitters in the serving.

This time around I am using a young Canadian Single Malt Whisky, Macaloney Caledonian Invermallie – Portuguese Re-charred Red Wine Barrique (that’s a mouthful isn’t it) paired with Burwood Dry Gin which is made in Calgary.  Hopefully many of you will find the improved version of my cocktail as enjoyable as I do.

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Alpine Meadows

1 1/4 oz  Macaloney Caledonian Invermallie (Port Red Wine Barrique)
2/3 oz  Burwood Gin
1/3 oz Bols Triple Sec (sub any quality triple distilled orange liqueur)
dash Bittermen’s Boston Bittahs
ice
Citrus Zest

Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with citrus zest

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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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: 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: 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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