Review: Discovery Street Dry Citrus Gin (Fermentorium Distilling Co.) / by Jason Hambrey

Image Courtesy of Fermentorium Distilling Co.

Image Courtesy of Fermentorium Distilling Co.

100% BC barley and botanicals
Distiller Fermentorium Distilling Co. (Victoria, BC)

Phillips beer is one of the only breweries to malt their own barley, in their Malt Works facility. This enables the brewery (and distillery) to use local barley and malt it in a way that enables them to lower their environmental emissions and give them flexibility in what they produce.

Once the grain is malted, it is transformed into spirit. Then, some botanicals are macerated in the spirit and some are put in a vapour basket through which the gin is distilled. This gin uses juniper berries, grains of paradise, cassia bark, black pepper, coriander, grapefruit, and lemon peel.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Very bright and citrusy. Ginger bread, lemon, grapefruit, cinnamon, mace, coriander, cilantro, and a nice backing of juniper. And – the lightest touch of grain – which I, of course, like. There is a nice perceived sweetness (it isn’t actually very sweet) on the palate. A fascinating mix of botanicals, with a nice undercurrant of spice but remaining bright, interesting, and complex. Medium bodied, without being heavy - which is nice for a gin.

I find the mix of flavours fascinating, and it evolves over time. Fascinating stuff.

And, if your go-to is a gin and tonic, this is awesome there too.

Assessment: Very Highly Recommended.