Ungava Gin Tasting


So, a couple of Thursdays ago a friend of mine invited me along to an exclusive tasting of a rather fine new gin known as Ungava.  Labelled as a premium Canadian gin, I didn’t really know anything about it till I went along but hey, I guess that’s what tastings are for, right?

Named after the region of Canada where the botanicals from which its made can be found, this gin is distinctly different.  It’s yellow in colour for a start resembling more a whisky and the aroma is herbal.  Its ingredients include Nordic juniper, wild rose hips, crowberry and also Labrador tea which gives it its unusual hue.

We started with a classic G&T (doubles no less) served with pink grapefruit and Fentiman’s tonic.  This tonic has less sugar than that of Fevertree so it contributes nicely to the drier, slightly sharper taste of this gin.



My company for the evening tried the ‘Yellow Lady’ next which was a potent mix of just the right amount of sour and sweet.  I think this was our favourite!  We could easily have demolished a few more of these but school night and all that…


Following on from the Yellow Lady was the Negroni Spritz which, for me, wasn’t a favourite.  As extravagant as it may look with fresh rosemary and orange peel, the overall bitter flavour did nothing to assuage my sweet tooth.  Campari and Vermouth are definitely not on my list of likes…!  Nevertheless, it was interesting to try as a completely different take on your usual gin cocktail.


We made our way through a fair few of the doubles and another couple of the cocktails before calling it a night feeling definitely merry and pondering the possibility of what to have for breakfast in the morning to help with the sore head that would inevitably follow.  Until next time, Bar99.  More gin evenings please!

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Cafe 52

One of my favourite little spots for eating out in my hometown is Cafe 52.  Nestled away in a small area below street level, it’s cosy & intimate with tables being very close together and you definitely have to book in advance but it’s worth it as it offers some of the best food to be found in Aberdeen.  It has much more unusual culinary fare compared to the standard soup & a sandwich at a lunchtime.  Also, the entire menu for lunches is only £5!  Perfect.  I munched down on crispy bacon with brie atop an open toasted ciabatta with salsa underneath accompanied by roast parsnips chips whilst my friend had a tasty burger with hand-cut potato chips….The menus for Cafe 52 can be found on their website here.





Winter Gardens

Today we took a little trip to a local park in the city.  It’s not particularly big but they do have what’s called the ‘Winter Gardens’ – basically a giant greenhouse with multiple sections of different climates housing varying species of weird & wonderful exotic plants.  It makes for pleasant surroundings and is a nice place to sit when there’s a slight chill in the air.  It’s comfortably warm inside and feels just like being on holiday…well, almost…There’s also an element of nostalgia in it for me as I used to go there a lot with my parents as a child.  I can vividly remember one photo where I’m wearing an all-in-one bright pink suit standing next to the koi carp pond…Might have to look that out and post sometime!…There is a large room filled with varying cactus, all of which are rather phallic looking actually, which you’ll see in the photos below.  My other favourites include the Victorian Corridor with flamboyant bursts of colour & fragrance as well as the corridor that houses multiple herb plants – an olfactory sensation.  Do you have anything similar where you live? What are your favourite places to visit on a mellow Saturday afternoon?