Gin’s popularity has been growing steadily over the years. This trend is reflected in the impressive number of new gins — many produced right here in Quebec — that have found their way onto SAQ shelves. There are so many different kinds on the market now so we’ve come up with a simple and practical tool: gin taste tags, to help you choose the bottle that’s right for you. Thanks to these eight taste tags, you’ll be able to quickly and easily find the profile you prefer. Find them in the product descriptions on SAQ.COM and on our mobile app. Cheers!
Traditional gins feature predominant aromas of juniper berry and stand out with their notes of resin and pepper. Easily approachable, they’re perfect to start exploring and for your cocktails.
Main aromas: juniper berry, notes of resin and pepper.
With their fragrances evoking lush vegetation, these gins offer more or less subtle aromas of herbs and leaves, or even seeds, vegetables or roots. Their refreshing flavours are sometimes accompanied by delicate bitterness.
Main aromas: tea, mint, lemongrass, dill, algae, caraway, coriander, fennel, celery, angelica, cucumber, parsnip.
Very floral, these gins are pleasant and soothing. Marked by the aromas of the flowers they’re flavoured with, just like a perfume, they possess a mysterious and seductive aura.
Main aromas: rose, iris, violet, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, hibiscus.
Often characterized by fragrances reminiscent of resin and fir branches, these gins are flavoured by Northern Quebec’s vegetation, or by conifers and wild mushrooms. They’re powerful and display a lot of character.
Main aromas: Labrador tea, dune pepper, sweet gale, conifers.
These gins often display traditional lemon aromas associated with dry gins, but also the refreshing flavours of several other citrus fruits whose peel is rich in essential oils.
Main aromas: lemon, lime, bitter orange, pomelo, bergamot, grapefruit.
Unveiling a certain sweetness, these gins put forth dominant aromas of fruits such as berries, lychee, apple and pear. Enjoyable neat or mixed with sparkling water, they’ll add something special to your cocktails.
Main aromas: strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, lychee, apple, pear.
These gins have dominant fragrances of spices such as cinnamon, cubeb berry and other peppers, which lead to more or less spicy and warm flavours, opening the door to a world of complexity.
Main aromas: cinnamon, cubeb berry, clove, anise, cumin, saffron, cardamom.
These intriguing gins boasting a strong personality are aged in oak casks or, in certain cases, have been in contact with flavouring smoke. Some woody gins can also be used in cocktails usually prepared with whisky.
Main aromas: wood, smoke, vanilla.
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