About Gin and Genever from Canada

About Gin  and  Genever from Canada
Without question, the most famous spirit from Canada is whiskey. Canadian whiskies, often made from rye, are elegant and lightly spicy, and although they may not rank as highly as single malt scotch, there are some examples that are of exceptional quality. Vodkas are becoming more of a factor in Canada, which should come as no surprise, given the quality of the river and lake water used in production. Yet there are many other notable spirits produced in Canada, ranging from bitters to orange liqueur to aged brandies. The spirits industry in Canada is relatively small, but the products are well worth the search.

Top Picks for Canada

Gin and Genever

romeo’s Gin
92 points
$39.99
Gin
Clear color. Interesting, inviting aromas and flavors of beet, green tomato, carrot, and celery smoothie, spicy lemon frosted white cake, geranium, licorice candy, grass, and caraway and rosemary with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long citrus cupcake and sweet and peppery spices finish. A fun, savory, lemony gin that is sure to please.
92 points $39.99
Willibald Barrel-Aged Gin
92 points
$44.95
Medium golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of cedar, rosemary, grapefruit, lilac, and star anise with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long lemon curd on toast, cracked juniper berries, red peppercorns, and thyme finish. A complex and toasty barrel aged gin that will be excellent in classic cocktails.
92 points $44.95
Victoria Gin
91 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Bright, creamy, nutty grainy aromas of butter pecan ice cream, toasted spice cake, and salt water taffy with a velvety, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long herbal honey on raisin rye baguette, toasted herbs, junipers, and pepper finish. A powerful, dimensional gin with a superb spicy grain foundation.
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery Gin
85 points
$40
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of bruised sweet herbs, wheat flakes and malt, juniper and orange peel, and roasted pine nuts with a glycerous, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long ginger powder, grain of paradise, and hay finish. An herbal gin with a big grain backbone.
Ungava Premium Gin
85 points
$30
Bizarre electric golden yellow color. Mild, spicy, green aromas and flavors of spicy gherkin, sweet and hot peppers, and egg nog with a glycerous, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length spicy bread pudding, dusty juniper and pine sap, dried citrus, and minerals finish. A colorful gin with a peppery streak for savory cocktails.
romeo’s Gin
84 points
$26.95
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Muted, sweaty aromas and flavors of citrus and banana candies, sweet pickling spices, pepper dust, and mango-papaya tea with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, breezy tomato jelly on toast, fresh herbs, grain, and wheatgrass finish. A mellow, grassy, grainy gin.
84 points $26.95
Oaken Gin
84 points
$40
Gin
Brilliant gold color. Bright, savory, sweet aromas and flavors of bbq embers, mocha, charred coconut, and glued wood with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts, cola float, wet lumber, and smoked peppers and bbq finish. A sturdy, very woody barrel-aged gin that will function more like a dark rum in cocktails.
Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin
83 points
$39.99
Bright medium blue color. Aromas of sandalwood, plantain peel, pine-infused honey, and potato with a satiny, soft, dry light body and a tingling, short pink peppercorn and ghee finish. A festive and fun gin with a soft and approachable juniper presence.
83 points $39.99