Gin for all #trythis

By / Wine + Drinks / August 3rd, 2018 / 12

There is nothing quite like a refreshing, aromatic gin and tonic on a hot summer day. Apart from juniper, gin distilling recipes include some combination of citrus, herbs, florals, roots and spices to give the spirit its aromas and flavours, and the combination is usually a carefully guarded secret. Canada holds its own when it comes to craft gin production, and I love the fact that you can try a different version from any given province that showcases grown or locally foraged botanicals and ingredients. I’m a total junkie for variety (I heard somewhere that it’s the spice of life), and I love that Canadian gin is so diverse in character. A gin for everyone!

Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22, Ontario ($40)

Made from a blend of 22 botanicals, vapor distilled in a grape spirit base and bottled unfiltered. Lots of complexity on the nose, with aromas of blood orange, grapefruit oil, lavender, sage, and fresh juniper. Pine resin comes out on the palate, and the unfiltered aspect gives a density to the flavours. Sturdy enough to handle tonic and still show its personality, but I prefer this one with sparkling water to allow its complexity to shine.

Ungava Canadian Premier Gin, Québec ($35)

Ungava Bay is as far North as one can go in Québec, and the botanicals are a reflection of this unique landscape, utilizing Cloudberries, Artic Blend, and Nordic Juniper. The nose is mostly citrus and floral, with of course, you guessed it-juniper. Aromas of lemon zest, bitter grapefruit pith, lavender, sage, white blossom mingle with the heady juniper tones. Wild Rose Hips give it a beautiful bright yellow colour, and can add visual dimension to your G&T.

Newfoundland Distillery Company Seaweed Gin, Newfoundland. Only sold locally, but coming soon to a province near you ($35)

As the name suggests, this is made from Dulse (a type of seaweed) along with juniper, and the result is a smoky, herb forward gin. Notes of rosemary, oregano and saline ocean air. Slightly drying on the palate, but balanced by its alcohol. A perfect gin for an Islay Scotch drinker. Great with tonic- try with Fevertree Indian Spice for an added citrus contrast, or their Mediterranean tonic to build on the herbal notes in the gin.


Brie Dema has a career rooted in hospitality and has worked with several fantastic Canadian wine and culinary programs including Langdon Hall, Fogo Island Inn and the Elora Mill. She has studied with WSET and CMS, holding the Diploma and the Advanced Pin respectively. Brie played the part of a bumblebee in her dance studio’s production of Peter Pan when she was five. She has a lousy sense of direction but can always find her way to the bottom of a glass of wine. Brie’s favorite role and greatest accomplishment is being a mom to her wonderful daughter Una. She wishes she was a better cook, but is glad she married a chef.

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