Sheringham Akvavit named Canadian Artisan Spirit of the Year
One hundred and seventy-five. That’s a lot of spirits to taste, especially when they range from akvavit to amaro to apple brandy.
But throughout December 2017, that just what I and seven other spirits experts from coast to coast did, sniffing, swirling, sipping and occasionally spitting, as we judged the inaugural Canadian Artisan Spirits Awards.
FRAGRANCE:A hint of alcohol on the nose with a small touch of cream. FLAVOUR:Slight bit of grain with white pepper. FEEL:The palate is smooth with a tiny element of alcohol warmth. FINISH:Fairly abrupt. BEST ENJOYED:In your favorite mixed vodka drink. THE BOTTOM LINE:As craft vodkas go it is right up there. Packaging is bartender friendly, with a decent neck to grab onto.—Trevor Kallies, February 2017
FRAGRANCE:Caramel, butterscotch even. FLAVOUR:Toffee, candy corn. FEEL:Light. FINISH:Dryer than the nose suggests. BEST ENJOYED:In a shaken cocktail with fruit or citrus. THE BOTTOM LINE:A New World-style vodka for those who like sweeter drinks.—Josh Pape, October 2017
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