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Review: Last Straw Distillery Golden Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 23, 2020

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre.

I reviewed The distillery’s Gin Twenty-One last year and found myself very impressed that this relatively young distillery was making such a nice gin so quickly. This led me to inquiring about their aged Golden Gin which I was planning to review last summer. I did manage to include the spirit in a blind Twitter Tasting where I pitted the spirit against two other oaked gins, but the review never materialized due to some unexpected tribulations on the home front.

When I checked Last Straw’s website (here) I saw that this limited edition Gin was still available so I included it in my first Gin Tasting of 2020 and have decided to complete that review today.

Here is a link to the new review:

Review: Last Straw Distillery Golden Gin

” … Piny juniper, hints of licorice/fennel, bits of coriander and citrus peel. Maybe a hint of sandalwood and ginger. and some vague lemon balm. Something vegetable creeping into the breezes …

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Lemon Fizz.


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Review: Pendleton Midnight

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 19, 2020

Pendleton Midnight is a premium Canadian Whisky produced in Oregon by Hood River Distillers brought to bottling proof (45 % alcohol by volume) using the glacial fed waters from Mt. Hood. Pendleton Whiskies are named to honour the Pendleton Round-up, which is a respected rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon. In fact, Pendleton Whisky sponsors numerous rodeos, including the aforementioned  the Pendleton Round-Up, the Cheyenne Frontier Days, and the Walla Walla Frontier Days.

According to the company website a portion of the Midnight whisky is aged for over six years in American brandy barrels.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Pendleton Midnight

“… As the glass rests dusty rye and wood spice continues to pour out with impressions of straw and chaff alongside. There is now a well defined fruitiness apparent as well with orange peel, apricot liqueur and raisin all melding together in the breezes …”

Please enjoy my review, Chimo!

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Review: Central City Peeled Orange Liqueur

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 17, 2020

Central City Brewers & Distillers began as a Brewpub in 2003 at Central City in Surrey BC. The original home of their first brewery can still be found at the original Central City Pub. Today, their main brewery and distillery operations are just down the hill from that original location in a state of the art, 65,000 square foot brewing facility.

Their Peeled Orange Liqueur is produced from malted barley which has been is aged for three years in American oak. The malt spirit is infused with orange peels, and acceding to the producers may be served on the rocks or enjoyed as a orange liqueur in your favourite cocktail.

Here is a link to my review of this new Orange Liqueur:

Review: Central City Peeled Orange Liqueur

“… When the glass is brought to the nose one notices immediately that this in not your normal orange liqueur. Notes of grain spice and hints of oak accompany the zesty orange scents that have risen into the air. Think of sticky sweet orange marmalade melded with Speyside whisky and that is close to what I am sensing in the breezes …”

Please enjoy my review, 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.


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Review: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 14, 2020


Pusser’s Rum is advertised as the original rum of the British Royal Navy. And it is a fact that for over 300 years it was a tradition of the British Navy that each member of the crew was issued a daily ‘tot’ of rum. This tradition began in 1655, and by 1731, the tradition of the daily ‘tot’ was in general use throughout the British Navy. As it was the ship’s purser who was responsible for issuing the rum, the tot of rum became known as Pusser’s Rum in a sort of slang derivation of the term ‘Purser’s Rum’. Although the naval tradition of the daily tot had ended, in 1979  Charles Tobias obtained the rights for the British Naval Rum, and formed Pusser’s Ltd. on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

When I recently received rum samples from 1423 World Class Spirits, I noticed that the label on the Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum stated the rum is bottled by Pusser’s Rum LTD. (British Virgin Islands), and that it is a product of Guyana. This is a departure from my previously reviewed Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum which was sent to me two years ago (which was a Product of Barbados). It is also a departure from the product as advertised on the Pusser’s Website which is stated to be a product of of the  Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados.

I suspect that Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum changes its lineage based upon which blending rums are more economical, or perhaps different markets receive different blends, based upon the export market’s presumed preferences.

Here is a link to the review for the Guyanese version of the ovenproof Gunpowder Rum:

Review: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

“… I notice aromas of dark brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, herbal pot still esters, and very light oak spice. As the glass sits, baking spices begin to evolve, I receive impressions of cinnamon buns, hints of licorice and tar and a hit of molasses …”

Please enjoy this expanded version of my review which now includes a cocktail suggestion, the Zombie.



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