Alberta

Review: Barrel Aged Gateway Gin (Lone Pine Distilling) by Jason Hambrey

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Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
45%
Aging
Ex-bourbon cask
Recipe
Wheat and botanicals
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

This gin is made by maturing Gateway Dry Gin, the rich and spicy flagship gin of Lone Pine Distilling, in ex-bourbon barrels for a few months.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Very spicy and citrusy coriander, a heavy juniper character, and big lemon. The barrel character is there, with vanilla and toffee – but it doesn’t dominate. On the palate it has a very calming influence on this full-bodied gin, with vanilla and a creamy character coming alongside the big spicy body of the gin. The finish has charred oak, lemon, juniper, and more coriander.

A nice barrel aged gin – barrel character has been added without dominating, keeping it firmly in the gin category for mixing and sipping.

Highly Recommended.


Review: Rocky Mountain Gin (Lone Pine Distilling) by Jason Hambrey

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Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
46%
Aging
None
Recipe
Wheat and botanicals
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

This gin was created to evoke the wild landscape of the Rocky Mountains. Wild bergamot, wild mint, and roses all grow in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. These were used, alongside juniper, goldenrod, lemon and lime peels, ginger, cardamom, cubeb berries, orris root and a few other botanicals.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose on this one is different than the other Lone Pine gins – this is brighter, lighter, and more floral. Juniper, rose, meadow flowers, and coriander lead into a gin body with a surprising dry fruit character alongside spice, sharp herbal notes, lemon, and a nice light spicy character at the end with a slightly drying finish. The citrus really comes out at the end.

I really like how this one surprised me with the dried fruit on the palate – it really works. Very nice movement – floral, then fruit, then citrus.

Highly Recommended.


Review: Earl Grey Gin (Lone Pine Distilling) by Jason Hambrey

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Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
43%
Aging
None
Recipe
Wheat and botanicals
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

This gin is made by vapour infusing black tea and wild bergamot alongside more typical gin botanicals, including juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, grains of paradise and cinnamon. The vapour distillation process that lone pine uses keeps the botanicals separate from one another to extract the flavours separately before they mingle further up in the distillation column.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Rich, intense citrus on the nose but also with a very savoury, umami character that seems to tie the citrus to the woody notes. There is a light floral character and big spice characters too. The palate has lemon and an intense herbaceous character, similar and yet very different than bergamot. The cinnamon makes its presence felt. The finish is all earl grey tea, with a bit more citrus and pine.

Very intriguing gin. You don’t often see gins this herbaceous that pull it off. Very interesting to sip, and is the kind of gin I’d serve in the best of my gin cocktails.

Very Highly Recommended.


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

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Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
42%
Aging
None
Recipe
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.


Review: Field Corn Vodka (Lone Pine Distilling) by Jason Hambrey

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Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% Alberta Corn
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

This vodka is made from Alberta corn, and made quite intensively - it is distilling twenty times and carbon filtered before bottling. Lone Pine makes two different vodkas - one from corn, one from wheat. If anyone thinks vodkas from different grains taste the same, or that all vodkas taste alike, these are two perfect examples of why that isn’t true. Corn tends to give vodkas with good body and an underlying sweetness.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose here is quite sweet for a vodka- slight vanilla, nutty chocolate notes (like Ferrero Rocher), citrus zest, and some light earthiness. It’s thick on the palate, slightly sweet, with a background of earthy notes and a big flourish of spice on the finish especially white pepper.

Very clean, very easy, but still sharp and spicy. It’ll shine however you drink your vodka (and for me, especially in vodka forward cocktails).

Highly recommended.