Ungava Gin is a unique Canadian Premium Gin made with botanicals harvested exclusively from the Ungava Peninsula, Quebec’s northernmost point. Its particular aroma can be traced back to six rare botanicals, native to the Arctic region— Wild Rose Hips, Arctic Blend, Cloudberry, Labrador Tea, Crowberry, and Nordic Juniper. I’ve always been a gin lover because you can actually TASTE herbs and fruits in the alcohol. Each gin that emerges on the scene has its own unique flavour and there is always a captivating story behind each one. I thought I had my favorite until I tasted Ungava. Love it! And it’s not only me that finds this rare blend exotic. After holding a small sampling party, the consensus ruled this Canadian spirit to be the next up and coming gin. We first tasted the gin first on its own: floral notes followed by herb, pine, resin and blackberry followed. On the nose, predominantly floral and pine.
All elements work together, each herb enhances the other . I recommend giving the spirit a chew to open the flavour. Take a sip and let the liquid swoosh around your palate using your tongue. Almost making a smacking sound warming the liquid, letting the flavour envelop your mouth; experience berries and if you close your eyes you can almost smell the Alaskan air.
Joshua Groom, mixologist for Ungava Gin, sent me a few cocktail ideas to try:
Ungava Gin – 20.00 ml
Campari – 20.00 ml
Sweet Vermouth – 20.00 ml
Soda – 90.00 ml
Fresh rosemary sprig
-Load alcohol in mixing glass
-Add ice and stir
-Strain over new ice in glass
-Finish with soda and garnish with rosemary and orange zest
Dill Pickle Martini
Yields one portion.
-Load chilled glass with ice, alcohol, syrup then soda.
-Garnish with cherry.
-Finish with long straw.
My favourite was the Dill Pickle Martini. One must find the right pickles to match the unique profile of the pickles – and I think I did 🙂
The alcohol industry, similar to fashion, is an ever-revolving door of styles and ideas. Cocktails we thought were dead and buried have come back. Gin, thought to be a popular of spirit of the “Mad Men” times is becoming more interesting among the younger crowds, evolving from a herbal remedy to a delicate balance of subtle flavours.
For more information about Ungava Canadian Premium Gin and cocktail recipe ideas, please go to www.ungava-gin.com.