Review: Gin Twenty-One (Last Straw Distillery) / by Jason Hambrey

Image copyright by Last Straw Distillery Corp. Used with Permission.

Image copyright by Last Straw Distillery Corp. Used with Permission.

Distiller Last Straw (Vaughan, Ontario)

As with many micro-distillers, Last Straw is focused on whisky, but producing a number of other spirits on the side both because they are worthwhile and to help generate cash flow. This gin was created through extensive work.  A large number of gin recipes were tested, and, soon enough, the alphabet-designated gins had run past "Z" and the numbers began. After producing about 40 different recipes of gin, Last Straw decided to narrow down their decision to their 7 best gins. They sold tickets to a number of guests, who could come to the distillery over three days, taste the gins, and vote for their favorites over three days. On the second day, Brandon, the distiller, had just finished distilling another gin which he believed to be the best. After bringing out this eighth gin, Gin No. 21, it lead all the consumer voting even though it was only present at 2 of the 3 days of voting. Consequently, it was selected and has been a hit for the distillery, being their biggest selling product. Many of the customers of the distillery say that they prefer sipping this gin straight, without mixing it - telling you something of the quality of the spirit.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: 1
  • Bottling Date: 2016
  • Bottling Code: N/A

Very soapy on the nose – cilantro, juniper, citrus, and a bit of spice too - but still grainy with notes of potato and oat cakes. The taste is clean yet in a full flavored style of gin, driven by juniper and lemon peel concluding in a citrus finish with lots of pine, coriander, and baking spice. I do like gins where the juniper doesn’t get lost, as in this one.

Over ice, this one actually brightens and narrows in focus – more leafy, and the pine, citrus, pepper, and juniper aromas all come into focus in a new light. I like it more in this fashion. But, it depends how you like to drink your gin, I suppose. It mixes well - pulling its weight more than many other gins because of the full flavor.

$40 dollars at Last Straw Distillery, 40 Pippin Rd #9, Vaughan, Ontario