Review: Gateway Dry Gin (Lone Pine Distilling) / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

Wheat and botanicals
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

This gin takes its foundation from the London Dry style, with a few twists. It is named “Gateway” as a nod both to the introductory and flagship nature of the gin, the distillery’s location beside Gateway Boulevard, and Edmonton’s history as “Gateway of the North”. The gin is made using vapour infusion to incorporate the botanical notes coming from juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, grains of paradise, angelica root, and orris root.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Lots of coriander on the nose – but it really showcases both the spice and the citrusy character of the seed. Lemon, heavy juniper, and sharp peppery spices complement the coriander and lead into a rich body full of woody juniper notes and sharp spices. Big stuff. As much as I quite like wood-heavy characteristics in gins, these spice bombs are equally enjoyable. The grain character – slightly sweet, slightly nutty – is there too, and it’s nice.

It would lend a generous, complex character to cocktails.

Highly Recommended. One of those gins I like more and more as I have more of it.