I hope your weekends are off to a good start. Mine is because today is my birthday, woo! So let’s raise a glass, shall we? 🙂
The first time I tasted gin I was 19 or 20 years old. I was at a party in a cabin in the woods and one of my friends handed me a Gin & Tonic. I took one sip and that was it, I felt like I had just chewed on a conifer. My taste repertoire was really small at the time and I just did not like it.
Fast forward [quite] a few years later and I’ve grown to enjoy the taste of gin; I find a good Gin & Tonic refreshing. All of that brings us to today and my introduction to Ungava, a Premium Dry Gin from Canada. That’s right, Ungava is made in the Great White North, literally! The Ungava Peninsula of Nunavik, Quebec, Canada, is bounded by Hudson Bay to the west, Hudson Strait to the north, and Ungava Bay to the east. (source)
Ungava Canadian Premium Gin originates in the northern frontier where the vast Canadian tundra meets icy seas. Its particular aroma can be traced back to six rare botanicals, native to the Arctic region, from which it is made. Handpicked in the wild during the fleeting summer season, then infused the traditional way, they are handcrafted into an authentic gin with a unique taste to the delight of adventurous amateurs and connoisseurs alike. (source)
Doesn’t that just sound deliciously awesome?!?
This gin is made of Nordic juniper, Arctic blend, Labrador tea, crowberry, cloudberry, and wild rose hip.
I have not tasted many different gins so to help give you an idea of the taste of Ungava I compared it to Hendrick’s. I’m not familiar with lots of (most) ingredients in both gins, but these are my thoughts…
Ungava doesn’t smell or taste as strong as Hendrick’s; the juniper come through much stronger in the latter. As for taste, once again Hendrick’s is stronger; and again with the juniper. While I can detect citrus notes in Hendrick’s that give it a nice flavour, Ungava has a nice subtle fruity sweetness to it that helps balance out the juniper.
Overall I find Ungava smoother than Hendrick’s.
I’ve been having lots of Gin & Tonics lately and my mix is:
– 1oz Ungava Gin
– 3oz tonic water
– lemon wedge
Pour gin over ice then add tonic water and lemon wedge. Perfect!
I’m really enjoying the smoothness of Ungava Gin and I want to try more cocktails with it. Any recommendations?
Do you like gin? What do you usually drink?
– Chantal 🙂