Review: Stillhead London Dry Gin / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Stillhead distillery. The gin reviewed is on the left, with the platinum medal from the Sip awards.

Image courtesy of Stillhead distillery. The gin reviewed is on the left, with the platinum medal from the Sip awards.

ABV
43%
Aging
None
Recipe
N/A
Distiller Stillhead (Duncan, BC)

There are lots of great gins coming out of BC - this one comes from Duncan, a town on the east side of Vancouver Island between Victoria and Nanaimo. This gin is made with a number of botanicals - Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Cardamom, Cubeb, Cassia, Star Anise, Lemon & Lime zest. This one is the London dry, but they also make another popular one which is infused with local wild blackberries and honey, along with other limited releases.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The spices come through brilliantly on the nose - pepper and coriander – but also with a good dose of juniper, light nutty notes, dried lemon peel, cinnamon, and evergreen forest. The base spirit itself comes through at times – a characteristic that I always like in gins, especially full-bodied ones like this. The palate is big, with juniper, citrus, herbal, and spicy notes all coming to the forefront. The bready notes continue, and the finish has waves of citrus and juniper.

I really like how spice-forward this gin is, and I’m always a fan of bold, juniper-heavy gins with a bit of spirit character. In cocktails, the spicy notes really pop.

It ticks all the right boxes for me.

Highly Recommended