Review: St. Laurent Gin / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Distillerie du St. Laurent

Image courtesy of Distillerie du St. Laurent

Base spirit with botanicals
Distiller Distillerie du St. Laurent (Rimouski, QC)

Distillerie du St. Laurent was one of the first Quebec craft distilleries, established to capturethe maritime terroir of the Bas-St-Laurent region. This gin is made using vapour infusion to incorporate juniper, coriander, angelica root, cassia bark, licorice, lemon, bitter orange, cubeb berry, and grains of paradise. After distillation, the gin is infused with local, hand-harvested laminaria seaweed (kombu) which gives the gin a greenish hue and mineral and salty notes. The gin is meant to evoke the character of both the Quebec boreal forest and the maritime character of the mouth of the St. Lawrence river.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: 0202

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

What a brilliant nose! It is wonderfully complex, integrated, and light. We have cucumber, juniper, coriander, woody and citrusy notes, and terrific spicy notes. Still, there is a nice and distinguished character underneath. It is near a perfect gin nose, for me.

The palate is all you’d want from a gin – juniper, lemon, and citrusy and peppery spices. The finish brings in a nice herbal character, with some juniper. This sips great, and it mixes great. 43% verses 40% is great for this, too. Terrific.

Very Highly Recommended.