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Posts Tagged ‘Gin’

Review: Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 19, 2023

Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin is produced by the team at Victoria Distilling in Sydney, British Columbia. Their spirit is inspired by the city of Victoria (also known as ‘The City of Gardens’) where flowers blossom almost year-round. (Due to its location on the southern tip Vancouver Island, the warm pacific waters keep even the harsh Canadian winters at bay).

This gin is distilled in small batches with nine botanicals: juniper berries, rose petals, elderflower, lavender, orange peel, orris root, cinnamon, coriander and black carrot.

According to the folks at Victoria Distilling:

” We use a unique combination of red rose petals and black carrots to achieve its stunning ruby hue. Roses are a traditional gin botanical with a beautiful floral note and a delicate aroma. The black carrot adds a touch of sweetness and enhances and maintains our rich ruby colour.”

Empress Elderflower Rose Gin is bottled at 42.5 % alcohol by volume and sold as a all-natural, gluten free, and certified Kosher premium gin.

Here is a link to my full review of this very interesting gin:

Review: Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin

“… I notice opening notes of juniper and heated coriander with cinnamon adding a light spicy twist. Fruity notes come though reminding me of red berries and orange peel, and then I notice the floral bouquet. The floral notes become more prominent as the glass sits, however they remain comfortable and inviting rather than heavy and perfumed … “

Please enjoy my review which includes two cocktail suggestions, The Garden Gimlet and Rose-Violet Lady of the Empire.



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Review: Levenswater Spring 34 Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 3, 2022

Levenswater Gin is produced in Ontario Canada by Niagara Falls Craft Distillery. It is part of a family of spirits which includes Levenswater Spring 34 Gin, Levenswater Harvest Gin as well as the Levenswater Barrel Aged 34 Gin. These spirits are produced from a base distilled from potatoes with botanicals which have been selected to represent the seasonality of the spirit, fall botanicals selected for the Harvest Gin and spring botanicals selected for the Spring 34 Gin.  The barrel Aged Gin is apparently a version of the Spring 34 Gin which has been aged in oak for 3 months.

This is the review for Levenswater Spring 34 Gin which has been infused with the flavours from with 34 botanicals. The actual botanical recipe for the gin has not to my knowledge been revealed, but they were apparently inspired by the aromas and spices one encounters in Toronto’s nearby Kensington Market. According to the producer’s website information, we can expect this gin to be uniquely Canadian with spring-like flavours and aromas of lavender, coriander, chamomile and rosemary.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Levenswater Spring 34 Gin

“… Mild lavender and other floras (chamomile perhaps) combined with spicy coriander and ginger. Juniper, mild licorice-like anise and an earthiness akin to angelica root becoming more focused as I let the glass breathe. Other botanical impressions are hard to ferret out. I might even make the suggestion that things are a little muddled with too many competing components …”

Please enjoy my review!



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Review: Liberator Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 30, 2022

The Liberator brand is an authentic small batch craft spirits 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 bottling created such that Highwood would have a line-up of 100% Alberta made craft spirits produced for the local market.

Their Liberty Gin is is produced using Liberator Vodka as the base spirit. This base spirit is distilled in small batches using locally sourced wheat. The local aquifer fed by the nearby Rocky Mountains is used as the water source. This base spirit is infused with all natural botanicals to obtain the final flavour profile. All products in the Liberator Line-up are 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 final review in my Liberator Series:

Review: Liberator Gin

“… Classic dry gin style with notes of juniper, licorice and citrus leading out. There is a sort of effervescent spiciness of citrus zest (grapefruit and lemon perhaps) as well as coriander rising into the breezes. A light floral note builds in the background with hints of orange and lime …”

Please enjoy my reviews which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Gin and Tonic (classed up a bit).


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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.


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
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:



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