Review: Stump Coastal Forest Gin (Fermentorium Distilling Co.) / by Jason Hambrey

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

Stump gin is described as a “coastal forest gin”, and it is made using hand-foraged herbs and unique botanicals grown in British Columbia. These botanicals are incorporated into the gin using both maceration and vapour distillation - these include juniper, bay laurel, cascade hops, coriander, grand fir, and lavender.

The gin is made from in-house malted Vancouver Island barley before being distilled through an old 1920-era British still and then through a new German still.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Awesome flavours, especially on the woody side – all sorts of pine, spruce, and juniper. “Forest Gin” is appropriate. But, behind that – we have a brilliant integration of spice and citrus. The lines between lemon peel and the lemony notes of pine become blurred, and the lines between the spicy notes of juniper and black pepper are also blurred. There is a light minerality to it, much like notes you get on the coast. Great integration.

I love the stuff – it is very much a mix of a coastal forest – forest floor, evergreen forest, light sea breeze, and spice.

Assessment: Exceptional (!!!). This is pretty well my absolute favourite style of finesse, depth, and character for a gin.