Fancy photo for a tiny bottle. That’s from a hike up in Jasper.
I know we’d sort of sworn off any further Gibson’s after the Finest/Finest Rare debacle (DEBACLE I SAY). But we’re well into year three and closing on 280 articles, and when I see a little bottle of something we haven’t reviewed for under five bucks, I can’t pass it by. It would be a dereliction of my very duty to you, dear reader.
Gibson’s Sterling is the entry-level bottle of what has been a pretty entry-level brand so far. But, weird – I don’t know if it was the altitude change or the cold cargo bay or what, but of the Gibson’s we’ve had so far, this was the least bad. It may be damning with faint praise, but there you go. Here’s what we thought:
Dan – kids apple juice
Simon – yellow actifed
Dan – sweet floral rubbing alcohol
Simon – fuzzy peach, hairspray, burnt nose hairs
Dan – wood, complicated, unknown sweet
Simon – sweet, slick, almost liqueur
Dan – can of peaches
Simon – mild, lingering
Dan – candied fruit, rind
Simon – more of the same, slightly easier to drink
Gibson’s Finest Sterling – 40% 50ml – $3.75 – Canada
Try it? Ok. Buy it? Nah.