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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ungava Premium Gin from PQ!!

Ungava Premium Gin (Domaine Pinnacle, PQ), +374231, $34.90: at first sight an intriguing yellow colour bordering on green, reminiscent of yellow chartreuse. Apparently, all of the flavour and the colour come from hand-picked Arctic ingredients from the Ungava Bay area. The northern botanicals include wild rose hips, cloudberry, crowberry, Labrador Tea, Arctic Blend, and of course Nordic Juniper (which is not too pronounced with its diminished flavours). Labrador Tea and Arctic Blend are two plants within the rhododendron family. All six botanicals are used in Inuit tea. See for further technical and botanical details. Entry is light and bracing with aromatics carrying through. Toned down juniper is noticeable, but other unique flavours are in play. Long finish, not hot. Tried straight and over ice. Bottle and label also employ Inuktitut wording. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.


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