I don’t think I’m quite the demographic for this gin. Accompanying the bottle in my little package was a USB key that had a little movie on it (“inspired” by the gin). “A night like no other” seems to be the sort of party either you’d spend years trying to come to terms with in counseling, or trying to explain to your credit card company why you need to get the charges reversed before your spouse sees the bill. Go online to check it out. I don’t think I’ve been anywhere close to this cool since…well…ever.

But enough about that.

I like gin. I got started on gin, strangely enough, because I hated it. I knew I could go out, and only have one or two cocktails before calling it a night, as opposed to other spirits when the night might get away from me. Before long, I really started enjoying gin, but really as an occasional tipple. Since I’m not an accomplished home mixologist, I prefer my gin to be intense, but not too intense, and easy to enjoy over ice, or in a simple cocktail.

Let’s taste! To understate the aroma a little — it’s juniper-led. Once past that, you get good, and enjoyable citrus peel (orange and lemon) and then the spices and aromatics you’d expect (from the material I received: coriander, cassia, blueberry and blackberry, liquorice, angelica, almond, and orris). Maybe it’s the blueberries and blackberries that add that interesting note I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Tasting it, I was surprised how subtle the juniper was and how intense the “now-I-know-it” berries were. Very, very smooth; even neat. A bit of tonic (Fever-Tree) in the glass too and it’s a wonderful match — even at 10 a.m. in the morning. Don’t judge me! 

Highly recommended. I would be more likely to use this in a cocktail like a gin and ginger, gin and tonic, or mixed into something exotic where you still want a little of the gin flavour to creep through. Expect to pay about $60 for a bottle in Alberta liquor stores. CSPC +768378

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