Corn

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

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

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.


Review: Revelstoke Bathtub Gin No. 6 Raspberry by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

ABV
37.5%
Aging
None
Recipe
Corn, botanicals, and fresh raspberries
Distiller Jones Distilling (Revelstoke, BC)

You often see fruit gins - typically blueberry or sloe - but not too often, surprisingly, raspberry. This gin is made by steeping kilograms of fresh raspberries into the revelstoke gin base for several days to extract colour, flavour, and aroma.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: Q06.21.15

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Often, you taste gins or vodkas which have artificial flavours put in them. I tend to find them abhorrent.

But - no artificial flavours here! The berry notes come through so cleanly – you can tell that it is made from real raspberries. It reminds me of picking them right off the vine when I was growing up.

Fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, light juniper, citrus, pine, white pepper, and coriander on the nose – the way that the raspberry/raspberry seeds play off the juniper is pretty fantastic. The finish is a wonderful mix of fresh ripe raspberries, spice, wood, and citrus. Pretty nice stuff!

It works great in cocktails, too.

Highly Recommended.


Review: Revelstoke Premium Gin No. 1 by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

ABV
37.5%
Aging
None
Recipe
Corn and botanicals
Distiller Jones Distilling (Revelstoke, BC)

This gin is founded on the excellent corn base also seen in Mr. Jones vodka. It is made using a steep and boil method, where the botanicals are added to the base alcohol to steep and be augered overnight. Then, the gin is boiled and distilled in one run. There are a lot of botanicals packed in here - croatian juniper, corriander, orris root, angelica root, bitter orange, lemon, grapefruit, chamomile, and licorice root.

Megan Moore, the head distiller, describes this as a “gateway gin”. It was designed to not be too heavy on the evergreen/juniper character but still sits firmly within the gin camp, in terms of flavours.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: G01.20.15

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The aromas of the gin are clean and light, with spicy and floral notes are the backbone of this gin, with juniper and citrus playing around the edges. The spicy, woody notes provide very nice complexity - especially the glimpses of licorice.

The palate has a rich mouthfeel and brings forward the citrus, which was coy on the nose, to the forefront. There is a light sweetness and some berry notes, too, alongside light spice and woody notes. The finish is very clean and citrusy, and has a nice appealing tingle.

Clean, light, and bright.

Recommended.


Review: Mr. Jones Premium Vodka by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% corn
Distiller Jones Distilling (Revelstoke, BC)

This vodka is made from corn, single-distilled and then charcoal filtered. This was the first product released from Jones distilling in Revelstoke - followed by their gins, cordials, and bathtub gins.

This vodka is distilled to a high proof and then watered down using pristine mountain water from Greely creek, located on the northern slopes of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It is bottled without addititives.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The vodka is light, and clean with the lightest notes of almond, citrus peel, and berry notes. Towards the end, a light earthiness builds up before letting down into a soft, glowing finish. Notably, there are light touches of mineral notes which add great complex subtlety.

The mouthfeel is terrific and full. Corn is known to produce a rich, buttery mouthfeel on vodkas - well, it did the trick here.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.


Review: Last Mountain Distiller's Select Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Last Mountain distillery

Image courtesy of Last Mountain distillery

ABV
45%
Aging
Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Recipe
75% Rye, 25% Corn
Distiller Last Mountain (Lumsden, Saskatchewan)

This whisky represents one of the favourite releases from 2020 from Colin Schmidt, the founder of the distillery. It is aged for 62 months (5.2 years) in a freshly dumped heaven hill bourbon barrel. Let’s take a look!


Review (2021)

  • Batch: 2020 Distller’s Select

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

The nose here is amazing! I love Last Mountain’s wheat whisky for how it does justice to wheat (perhaps better than any other wheat whisky) and this one stewards the flavours of rye in the same way. Hugely complex: dill, lilac, icing sugar, spicy greens, fresh fava beans, tarragon, celery seed, corn husks, dried apricot, dried peach, fresh hay, and toasted oak.  The palate is big and balanced, with the spicy notes just blooming and some nice texture. The finish is rich, spicy, herbal – oh and there is dried fruit, too.

I find Last Moutain’s ryes to be quite floral – this one is certainly no exception. My favourite last mountain whisky to date, and one of my favourite whiskies from a small producer in Canada to date, also.

The tasting notes on Last Mountain’s website describe this as “subtle” – refined, yes, I wouldn’t say subtle – tons of big flavour here!

For so long, the big and best ryes in Canada lay solely with the big producers – Lot no. 40 from Hiram Walker, Masterson’s from Alberta, Northern Harvest from Crown Royal – this is the first one that I’ve tasted from a small producer that contends with those ranks…I think this one is better than the current iteration of Lot no. 40. Impressive.

Very Highly Recommended (19% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High at $75. So, by my assessment this is in the top tier of whiskies that you can buy for this price. Again, impressive…