When it comes to making gin there is one rule that matters above all others – to have gin you must have juniper. Each gin is unique, however at the same time you can cluster them into groups with similar interests and characters called flavour camps. The four core gin flavour camps are: juniper, citric, spicy, and floral.
This gin tasting has been organized with a curated selection of gins that span the four core gin flavour camps, as well two gins that have their individual styles of an Old Tom and cask aged. Grouping the gins like this helps you to identify the major types of gins you prefer, which helps you to zero in on new gins to try that belong to similar cohorts.
If you are looking for a gin tasting experience or wondering how to gift a gin sample set, look no further!
The highlights of our gin sampler tasting experience include:
A traditional London Dry Gin which is a great inclusion for a sipsmith gin gift set!
|Nose||Floral, summer meadow notes, followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness.|
|Palate||Dry juniper leads, then reveals lemon tart and orange marmalade, before all the flavours harmonize.|
|Finish||Dryness leads, with spicy juniper & a hint of lemon tart emerging.|
|Botanicals||Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Angelica Root, Liquorice Root, Orris Root, Almond, Cassia Bark, Cinnamon, Seville Orange Peel, and Lemon Peel.|
|Geography||England, United Kingdom|
The name comes from the green tea featured in the botanicals. Gunpowder Tea is so called because each tea leaf has been rolled into a small ball, reminiscent of gunpowder.
|Nose||Citrus, star anise with notes of tea.|
|Palate||Coriander, citrus and warm spice.|
|Finish||Bold, spiced and long.|
|Botanicals||Distilled: Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Caraway Seeds, Cardamom, Star Anise, and Meadow Sweet.
Vapor Infused: Gunpowder Tea, Oriental Grapefruit, Chinese Lemon, Kaffir Lime.
|Geography||Ireland, United Kingdom|
Roku in Japanese means six, which indicates the half dozen core botanicals used. These botanicals cultivated over four seasons include: Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Yuzu peel, Sencha tea (green tea), Gyokuro tea (refined green tea) and Sanshō pepper.
|Nose||Cherry blossom, green tea, pepper.|
|Palate||Earl grey, bitter citrus, juniper.|
|Finish||Wormwood, tannic, dry.|
|Botanicals||Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Angelica Root and Seeds, Cinnamon, Bitter Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Yuzu Peel, Cardamom, Sanshō Pepper, Sencha Tea, Gyokuro Tea, Sakura Leaves and Flowers.|
Aviation Gin begins with the maceration of nine botanicals in neutral grain spirit. It is then distilled, cut, and bottled.
|Nose||Juniper and cardamom with a hint of smoke and freshly cut grass, lavender, coriander, and sweet orange. Spice notes from caraway, anise and pepper.|
|Palate||Pleasantly heavy rye and spice entry with floral lavender and anise top notes, followed by juniper, cardamom, coriander, and dried orange peel.|
|Finish||Lightly sweet clean finish with citrus pith, peppery spice and lite smokiness.|
|Botanicals||Lavender, Sarsaparilla, Coriander Seeds, Cardamom, Juniper, Aniseed, Sweet Orange Peel|
Made of 100% Ontario grains, distilled in a copper pot still, infused with botanicals, and aged for a minimum of 1-year in American oak quarter casks.
|Colour||Amber with flecks of reflective gold.|
|Nose||Clove, distinct oak, white pepper with caramel and cinnamon.|
|Palate||Cooked agave initial taste. Mouthfeel is slightly buttery and smooth.|
|Finish||A well-rounded, pleasant earthy finish.|
|Flavour Camp||Uncategorized, Cask Aged|
|Botanicals||Cardamom, caraway, coriander, grapefruit peel and angelica fruit.|
The “tom” in the name refers to the image of a cat that was popularly used to mark places where gin (often illicit and of dubious quality) could be procured by the denizens of London.
|Nose||Nutmeg shortly followed by juicy tangerine and a crackle of juniper.|
|Palate||More orange sweetness on the palate, plus a hint of honey. Still has a good backbone of juniper and warming spices.|
|Finish||Spearmint and leafy coriander.|
|Flavour Camp||Uncategorized, Old Tom.|
|Botanicals||Juniper, fennel, lemon peel, coriander, tangerine and nutmeg.|
|Base Spirit||Barley Grain.|
|Geography||England, United Kingdom|
Perhaps the best part of our sampler box (apart from the gin) is that it includes a booklet as a guide to tasting gin. Using this guide is a great option for a self guided individual or group gin tasting experience.
A live expert facilitated private gin tasting is great if you are looking for a fun group experience to build connection, spark conversation, and learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to taste gin. This is a great option for the office or a gin tasting at home.
We have three options for our private gin tasting experiences:
The private gin tasting experience is scheduled for a convenient date and time for the participants for a 1.5 hour duration.
For a quote for a live expert facilitated gin tasting experience please Contact Us.
We look forward to providing you and your guests with an immersive, unique, and memorable gin tasting experience.
The development of the Glencairn glass involved a collaboration of master blenders from the five largest spirit companies to develop the perfect gin tasting glass. This is an excellent tasting glass to compliment your gin gift set!
|Height||4 1/2 Inches|
|Bottom Diameter||1 7/8 Inches|
|Maximum Diameter||2 1/2 Inches|
|Top Diameter||1 7/8 Inches|
|Capacity||6 3/4 oz.|
|Material||Lead Free Crystal|
Dark chocolate and gin make a great match. The warming, complex nature of most gin complements the luxurious, creamy texture of good chocolate.
The underlying sweetness and alcohol bite to gin is offset extremely well by the more bitter and lingering flavor of dark chocolate.
Our organic Dark 70% chocolate from GREEN & BLACK’s is made from fine Trinitario cacao beans, providing complex fruit notes and intense bittersweet chocolate aromas.
GREEN & BLACK’S is a chocolate brand founded on sustainable and ethical cocoa sourcing principles.
A great addition to a gin birthday gift for those looking to buy gin samples online.
While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of gin, take a piece of chocolate and let it slowly melt and add to the flavour. Then take another sip of rum and round it off.
McSweeny’s Hickory Smoked Bacon Pork Jerky delivers a mouth-watering flavour that’s salty, sweet and smoky. Made with 100% Verified Canadian Pork.
From birthdays to weddings, this is the perfect reason to send bacon jerky and a miniature gin gift set.
While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of gin, take a nice size bite of the bacon jerky to release the smoky bacon flavors, and let it add to the flavour. Then as the smoky and balcony flavors fade, the bacon jerky notes linger. Take another sip of gin and round it off.
From gin anniversary gifts to valentines day, this is a great gift!
Tap into an undiscovered word of taste and texture with Nobel Jerky’s Original garlic and pepper plant based jerky. This vegan jerky is one of our favorites to pair with gin!
While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of gin, take a nice size bite of the vegan jerky to release the flavors, and let it add to the flavour. Then as the smoky and garlic and pepper flavors fade, the jerky notes linger. Take another sip of gin and round it off.
A gin tasting variety pack with vegan jerky is a great Christmas gift!
Truffles are a bold flavor, and a little goes a long way. The taste of black truffles is a mixture of chocolaty, nutty and earthy. Gin pairs well with potato chips and the flavours of black truffle, so we have a fantastic snack that combines both!
These special premium potato chips feature authentic black summer truffles.
Be captivated by the intense woodsy aroma with flavors of garlic, wild mushroom and earthy hazelnut undertones that convert this snack into a real treat for the senses.
Ingredients: Potatoes, sunflower oil, salt, dehydrated black summer truffle (T. aestivum Vitt.) and truffle aroma.
From occasions like birthday gifts to valentines day, this is a great gift!
We offer gin tasting kit delivery across Ontario.
Delivery rates are calculated at checkout. You can schedule your order to arrive on a specific date also at checkout.
For orders placed before 5pm, we offer next day delivery for select cities across Ontario.