Hey, there, Christmas gin. And hey there, loyal reader! Last week was three years of iScotch (and I forgot), thanks for sticking around!
Strait Gin 51 is from The Myriad View Artisan Distillery on Prince Edward Island. I visited the island a lot as a kid, lots of beach and Green Gables. I think I started skateboarding there, literal decades ago.
Myriad’s website may be very Web 1.0 and rambling, but it shows way more authenticity than any corporate site I’ve seen. Authentically Canadian east coast oddness, 100%. I’m glad places like this exist, because they are where the truly interesting stuff comes from. Like pulling into a commercial park and finding Stalk & Barrel.
I’m glad these guys are doing their thing. I can’t say, however, that this particular effort wasn’t… rough. Their gin is a triple-distilled vodka distilled a fourth time through their botanicals selection. But where Ungava gathers six different plants from one region, Myriad uses eleven from all over the world. There’s a cacophony to the flavour that we found overpowering; here’s the rest of what we thought:
Davey – mild crisp pine
Simon – clean, pine, berries, shine
Davey – peppery
Simon – citrus, loud alcohol pop
Davey – warm, lingering
Simon – anise, licorice
Davey – mild licorice
Simon – take a lot of tonic, still very bitter, difficult to subdue
Strait Gin 51 – 51% 750ml – $?.?? – Prince Edward Island
Try it? No. Buy it? For punch & to support Canadian distilleries.