Canadian gin is definitely in.
A selection of the best Canadian gins range from traditional — juniper forward — to more modern — ripe, with a variety of other expressive botanicals like frankincense and myrrh (yes, there’s a Christmas gin!). And that doesn’t even count the rose-infused gin that will seriously elevate your cocktail game.
We submitted both up-and-coming and established brands to a taste-test. Here are our results over three popular applications: sipping them straight, with soda or with tonic.
Spring 34, Levenswater Gin, ON
A potato-based spirit boasting notes of chamomile, lavender, coriander and rosemary, this gin’s flavour profile is almost as stylish as the bottle. Our thoughts? The florals shone through nicely when paired with tonic, offering up a softer, sweeter take on the classic G&T.
Awards: Double gold in bottle design, silver in flavoured/infused Gin, SIP awards (2018). Highest score, non-European compound gin, Gin Guide Awards (2018).
Originally published November 2017. Updated December 2018.
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