Sunday, September 11, 2011
As part of our Vancouver Island vacation a while back we had the pleasure of visiting Canada's first premium gin distillery which was a great eye-opener. Set up like a wine tasting in a very pastoral setting, we got the tour by one of the very knowledgeable and passionate family members who owns Victoria Spirits. Following the viewing of the steam punk copper pot still, we set about tasting all the gins and even a few vodkas, whiskeys and bitters. While trying to get our heads wrapped around tasting mass amounts of hard alcohol at 11 am on a Sunday, we fell in love with the experience and the great gin that was being produced right in our own backyard. Our favourite was the original Victoria Gin with a perfect blend of juniper, spice and wild gathered and organic botanicals well worth the visit.