Review: Unruly Gin (Wayward Distillery) / by Jason Hambrey

Image Courtesy of Wayward Distillery.

Image Courtesy of Wayward Distillery.

100% BC honey and botanicals
Distiller Wayward Distillery (Courtenay, BC)

For most gins, a grain base is used to create the base for the spirit as it is cheap and accessible. Initially, Wayward distillery, thought about taking the traditional approach, or maybe do something a little different with another cheap ingredient - beat sugar or whey - but eventually decided to use honey because of the character it lends to spirits. Honey is very expensive, comparatively, but they use it, in the words of the distillery manager, “because it is delightful”.

Honey, water, and yeast are transformed into a floral spirit which is vapour infused with green cedar tips, citrus peel, lavender, sarsaparilla, juniper berries, and a few other botanicals.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Some fascinating notes here, and certainly unlike most gins out there. It’s very floral – particularly with chamomile (an odd note that puzzled me for a bit), but also daisies, sunflower seeds, and lavender. It also has a sharp, almost smoky note. With that, too, we have cedar, light fir notes, and a touch of pepper. The palate is clean and easy with a light sweetness, more heavy floral notes, and the lightest touch of botanicals.

Exceedingly intriguing. Terrific stuff.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.