Now that I can officially say that I actually like gin, I thought I would try experimenting with a couple different brands. Bombay Sapphire is a gin that some call the “gateway” gin. I would have to agree; at least for me it has been! Now I need something to compare it to!
While on vacation in British Columbia I grabbed one of the BC Liquor Store magazines, Taste, and found an ad for Ungava. Done. That’s my comparison! As soon as we got home, back in Alberta, I bought a bottle, and this weekend I did a taste test comparison of the two.
To compare the two, I used GinMonger’s step-by-step instructions on how to taste gin. I warn you, I am very amateur at this and am still learning the ropes on tasting spirits, but here is my best shot!
Bombay Sapphire and Ungava Gin Comparison
Botanicals: juniper, lemon, coriander, angelica, orris root, grains of paradise, cubeb berries, cassie, almonds, licorice.
Look: pours crystal clear
Smell: floral, citrus and spice
Taste: juniper, citrus and spicy and dry and refreshing
Region: Canada, Northern Quebec
Botanicals: nordic juniper, cloudberry, wild rose hips, Arctic blend, labrador tea, crowberry
Look: pours bright yellow
Taste: juniper, tart and semi-sweet and dry
Bombay Sapphire will always be my staple gin and I think it is best as a gin and tonic, with lots of lime, on hot summer days. Ungava is a special gin to me, and I will be using it for more specialty cocktails. I am working on a cocktail recipe this weekend and it will most definitely be shared soon! It’s a hard job experimenting with cocktail recipes, but someone has to do it. 😉
Do you have a favourite gin? Do you experiment with different brands?