Here’s the 2nd round of the BC Gin battle. We have the winner from last round, Wallflower Gin up against a now discontinued bottle of Seraph Gin. Central City has replaced the latter with Queensborough Gin, which will be battling in a later round. Let’s get to it!
1) Wallflower Gin – Odd Society Spirits, 44% ABV – 750ml., Vancouver, BC, ~$50 CAD @Distillery
- batch #, year, hand labeled
- real wood cork top, synthetic rubber plug
- hefty bottle, unique shape – ++ great. Sticker label – hand numbered and year
- maceration AND vapour extraction used to obtain flavour
- 100% BC grown barley, west coast and international botanicals
2) Seraph Gin – Central City Brewers & Distillers – 40% ABV – 750ml., Surrey, BC, $35 CAD (10/2015) @ BCLiquor
- no longer sold (5/2017), info referenced from thespiritofbc.com
- glass + rubber stopper = unique
- 100% BC malted barley, 2x distilled, 1st time through column, 2nd in a copper pot with “hanging basket” method of botanical flavour infusion
Nose: Starting out with Wallflower (WF), it gives me a gentle creaminess with soapy banana and juniper, followed by sweet ethyl alcohol, just a bit of agitated nasal tingliness and coming out rather clean at the finish. Seraph has an interesting jackfruit-guyabano nose, but is slightly intruded upon by a harsher alcoholic backdrop. WF = brighter, soapy | Seraph = darker, jackfruit. Winner = Wallflower, it’s more inviting.
Taste & Texture: WF comes out with bright soapy juniper, cinnamon bark, and some spiciness in the backend. Seraph feels much thicker in the mouth, and gives an almost salty-savour impression. It’s somewhat coconut plasticky but in an okay kind of way, mild juniper in the mids, finishing with harsher alcohol. Soap VS plastic, take your pick. I choose soapy WF, bright beats dull.
- Wallflower Gin exhibits notes of soapy juniper and slight floral brightness
- Seraph Gin is darker and has flavours of plasticky banana.
Winner of RD1 and RD2 = Wallflower Gin by Odd Society Spirits