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Ironworks Gin 41.5%

Tasted: Nov 2016

Nose: Extremely herbal. Elderflower, sweet verbena, pepper, juniper and loads of tangy lemon. Late notes of spruce or pine.

Palate: Earthy but sweet. Like the nose it’s quite herbal with juniper, lemon, liquorice and spruce.

Finish: Long with a lovely sweet/ citric finish along with lingering pepper notes.

Conclusion: Very evocative and impressive.


Cirka Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: April 21, 2017 in Canadian Gin, Gin

Cirka Gin Sauvage 44%

Tasted: Nov 2016

Nose: Definitely not lacking in spirit character! Show both corn and rye-like notes with a touch of barky spice, juniper and lemon.

Palate: Like the nose it has some fat corn spirit notes along with hints of vanilla, juniper and bitter spice.

Finish: Long with lingering juniper and spirit character.

Conclusion: Although fairly simple in the botanicals department, it allows the spirit character to come through effectively.

Dry Gin Barrel Aged Batch 2

Tasted: Dec 2016

Nose: Seriously intense and sinus clearing with, black pepper, juniper and slightly medicinal camphor. Hints of thyme, basil, sage and oregano. The oak sits quietly in the background.

Palate: Herbal and mentholated with juniper, tart citrus, sage, oregano and thyme. Like the nose the oak is pretty subtle.

Finish: Long and herbal with lingering aniseed, pepper and lemon.

Conclusion: Fabulously balanced and intense.

Ungava Premium Dry Canadian Gin 43.1%

Infused with Wild Rose Hips, Artic Blend, Cloudberry, Labraor Tea, Crowberry and Nordic Juniper

Tasted Nov/ Dec 2013

Quite pungent aromas of juniper and lime with hints of herbs, burnt wood and lightly bitter spice. 

Quite sweet and a little fizzy in the mouth. It tastes like lime-aid with some lightly bitter spices. Good length with the juniper returning. Conclusion: A little over limey for me with a weird, fizzy palate. 

Ungava Premium Dry Canadian Gin 43.1%

Re-Tasted Jan 2014

Quite a neutral nose with hints of lime and a light turpentine note which merges with the earthy cumin. Not much juniper! The palate is soft and subtle or dull – take your pick! A touch of cumin and some late botanical notes. Maybe a touch of lime? Short and vapid! Conclusion: That glow in the dark yellow colour is a bit offputting!