||Barley Spirit, Peat-smoked juniper, and honey|
|Distiller||Newfoundland Distillery (Clarke's Beach, Newfoundland)|
I don’t often go after unaged spirits, but this one caught my eye on a beer coaster which was advertising this product - it is made with peat-smoked juniper, barley spirit, and honey. I’ve tried some other Aquavits I quite liked this year, and it’s a category I think which could be explored more. Peat-smoked juniper? Yes, I want to try that.
This, notably, was the first spirit produced in Newfoundland which has been fully grown and legally distilled in the province.
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2019
The nose has a rich grain character, smoke, juniper, lemons, and a light mineral essence. I like the grain-forward nature of the spirit. I really haven’t had a spirit quite like this before – it is perhaps like some smoky whisky new makes that are quite smooth, but it’s quite different as well. It has a really nice savouriness to it, almost like roasted tomatoes. Or, perhaps – smoked tomatoes (you can buy these, but they aren’t easy to find…). The smoke really comes through on the palate, at the end – a bit like a meat smoker with cherry wood.
This is a complex, interesting, and unique spirit – it has endless application in cocktails. I can just imagine great pairings with tomato, dried apricot, fresh stone fruits, or honey and soda.
This aquavit and Sheringham’s are both terrific – I think more distilleries should pursue this type of spirit.
Assessment: Highly recommended.
Value: High, if you like smoke and unique spirits. $35 isn’t bad for that.