Review: Red Fife Whisky (Sheringham Distillery) / by Jason Hambrey

Distiller Sheringham Distillery (Sooke, British Columbia)

This gin is quite well known in Canadian craft circles - made on Vancouver island with land and ocean botanicals, including local hand-harvested winged kelp which is a signature of most of Sheringham’s products. It definitely supports the coastal character implied by the label. Only 330 bottles produced in this first batch.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

Quite the interesting nose here – mixed flours, coconut, vanilla, apple juice, fennel, lemon zest, and apple pie complete with pasty. Reminds me a bit of McDonalds apple “pies”. It really does remind me of an apple pie before it is baked, with cold pastry and all – on the apple pie theme…Not a bad whisky at all! The palate is full of grain character – mixed porridge – but also stewed fruit. There is a really nice whole grain thread through the whole thing – enjoyable. It’s quite smooth. I really like the “whole grain” character – it is a bit of a surprise on the palate, and it works very well.

Another great example of a grain forward whisky that has a nice round character and good depth. It reminds me somewhat of north of 7, in terms of the “whole grain” character. But this is much softer. I really like what Sheringham distillery has done, of all the spirits I’ve tried. This is a bit less multi-dimensional than their standard – but still good (and almost no one has a good first whisky release!).

Value: N/A (I couldn't find out price information, but this one sold out quickly anyway)