FLORAL

Food & Drink - - GINS OF DISTINCTIO­N SPIRITS -

Some gins have a de­cid­edly floral, al­most per­fumed pro­file. I’ve tasted a few that end up re­mind­ing me a bit too much of af­ter­shave but the best ex­am­ples—such as th­ese three and also Bom­bay Sap­phire (LCBO 316844, $28.95)—are de­light­ful. For those sub­tle aro­mat­ics to shine, the dis­tiller has to give ju­niper, cit­rus and the other tra­di­tional gin botan­i­cals less of a pres­ence in the spirit’s recipe. Lovers of a clas­sic resinous and spicy gin might not ap­prove.

REN­DLE’S ORIG­I­NAL GIN LCBO 398859, $39.95

Chris Edgcumbe-Ren­dle pro­duces this lov­ing recre­ation of his fa­ther’s per­sonal gin recipe. Hi­bis­cus gives it a pink­ish hue which suits its el­e­gant, light­weight, floral style to a T. It makes a very glam­orous Dry Mar­tini, stirred with ice and hardly any ver­mouth at all.

HEN­DRICK’S GIN LCBO 637504, $50.00

The Scot­tish mak­ers of Hen­drick’s (whisky dis­tillers Wil­liam Grant & Sons) add essence of rose petals and essence of cu­cum­ber to the fin­ished gin—and their scents hover over it dra­mat­i­cally. It’s a ro­bust, rather heavy, em­i­nently like­able spirit; gar­nish with cu­cum­ber.

NO­LET’S DRY GIN LCBO 549899, $69.95

They’ve been mak­ing gin at No­let’s dis­tillery in Schiedam, Hol­land, since 1691—but not in this mod­ern, dry style. Ju­niper takes a back seat in favour of rose, peach and red berry notes. It’s pow­er­ful at 47.6% ABV, which makes it es­pe­cially use­ful for cock­tails.

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