Review: Dragon Mist Gin / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Dragon Mist distillery.

Image courtesy of Dragon Mist distillery.

Distiller Dragon Mist Distillery (Surrey, British Columbia)

While Dragon Mist’s most well-known product is their (tasty) Baijiu, they also make a number of other products, including this gin.

This gin is made from BC-grown wheat, and fermented, distilled, and bottled in BC in accordance with the British Columbia Craft Distillery certification. The gin is made with a number of botanicals: juniper, apple mint, elderberry, orange blossom, fennel, chamomile, clover, rose petals, honey bush, spearmint, and orange peel. No coriander! It’s not often that you see a gin without that!

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

This has a really nice big, earthy character. I have trouble resisting it – though it may be outside the comfort zones of some gin drinkers. The earthy character I described is dusty, spicy (baking spices), and it has a clay soil type of richness. This is lifted with light citrus, and woody/bright juniper. It is bottled at 46% - and to great effect. The alcohol brings a great texture and finish to the gin. The spices bloom on the finish of the gin, juxtaposed by woody juniper and bright citrus.

Very unique, and I really like it – even more so the that I drink it. It has a rich earthy, spirity characteristic – this goes against the grain of most “modern” gins, and I think it’s a really great counterpoint.

Assessment: Recommended.