Years ago. No, eons ago. We reviewed the Westbourne Strength () variant of Martin Miller’s gin, a spicier, warmer, stronger version of their original. The original has a dear place in my heart. It’s one of the gins that ignited the fire in me for the world of gin. It pushed the boundaries just enough to stand out from everything else behind the bar at that time, but it stayed within familiar confines enough to be clearly and readily identifiable as gin. Martin Miller’s gin is one of the forebearers of today’s contemporary style. Keep in mind, that this gin was on shelves back in 1999.
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Oh Canada!(ian) Gin. Today we head back to the things we tried on our vacation to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This gin isn’t from PEI or NS, but it is found readily in both provinces. This is the first of two spirits we have that are distilled by the Newfoundland and Labrador liquor corporation, both managed through Rock Spirits [which also makes the somewhat more famous Crystal Head Vodka, Dan Akroyd’s brand which has garnered a fair amount of recognition over the years].
In our Own <100 Words
If you buy the hype that water makes a difference, Iceberg Gin is completely predicated on this fact alone. Ed Kean [in a story covered by the Wall Street Journal] goes out and hunts down icebergs. And then he melts them. And sells them to companies like those who make Iceberg Gin. The evidence for claims of purity might not be front and center, but certainly the romance is.
On the nose, it’s clear and somewhat flat. Probing a little bit more, we get a touch of rose water and sweet berry pie. Very subtle, with juniper lying even further down in the mix.
I normally don’t like to make generalizations. Especially about spirits and their creators. Everyone is different, unique and adds their own spin to things.
But in this case I’m going to make a generalization about Colorado Distillers. Water source is a very important part of what makes their gin. We’ve seen other distillers like Spring 44, and on the larger world scene names like Martin Miller’s who make a big deal about where their water is sources. But for some reason in Colorado, if you’re going to read about a gin [or beer, or any other spirit from this region] don’t be surprised to hear that the water that went into the drink is important enough to warrant mention.
In this case it’s the spirit’s actual name: Cap Rock which references the water which has gone into it. A Cap Rock is a hard impermeable layer of rock, which often covers over another rock formation of softer more permeable types. These underlying rocks are often home to gas, petroleum, or even water. These protected sources don’t bubble to the surface and therefore, in the case of the spring water in this are considered to be quite pure.