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!