The Alchemist’s tasting panel searches for the best B.C. gin to enjoy with your tonic
Now that spring has finally sprung, we’re craving lighter sprits and fresher flavours. In other words, we’re craving gin, especially when it’s mixed with tonic water.
Our tasting panel comprising some of Vancouver’s top bartenders—Max Borrowman of Juniper Kitchen & Bar; Amber Bruce of The Keefer Bar; J-S Dupuis of Wentworth Hospitality (Tableau Bar Bistro, Homer St. Café); and Josh Pape of Gooseneck Hospitality (Wildebeest, Bells and Whistles, Bufala, Lucky Taco)—sampled nine B.C. artisanal gins, suggested the best cocktails to make with them, and then mixed them with tonic water to determine which worked best.
FRAGRANCE: Vanilla, cream corn, créme brulée. FLAVOUR: Custard, funky earth notes, white pepper, this IS a potato and corn vodka. FEEL: Slightly viscous, but buttery in a very good way. FINISH: A load of spice stays around for a minute. BEST ENJOYED: Will make a buttery Martini that packs a spicy finish, or a Moscow Mule. THE BOTTOM LINE: Surprisingly ballsy finish after a sweet nose, cool product. —Shaun Layton, February 2017
Hops and Honey Vodka
FRAGRANCE:Malty, resiny, touch of buttery corn. FLAVOUR:Faint coriander spice, danky, dry pepper, honeysuckle. FEEL:Creamy on the palate. FINISH:Nice subtle black pepper, piney, slightly bitter. BEST ENJOYED:Would make a great collins style drink, looking forward to this in a Michelada or a Caesar. THE BOTTOM LINE:I wouldn’t put it in the vodka category, theres a lot going on. A very intriguing spirit. —Shaun Layton, July 2017
FRAGRANCE:Cooked corn and orange. FLAVOUR:Corn comes through with playful citrus notes and a touch of smoke. FEEL:Mild creaminess. FINISH:A little baking spice on the front, a touch of smoke on the back. BEST ENJOYED:Could sub into a sour or Old Fashioned with some ease. THE BOTTOM LINE:An interesting take on a young (soon-to-be) corn whisky.—Trevor Kallies, October 2017
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