Okay, so, a micro-distilled gin, made in Longueuil, Quebec…how cool is that? Exciting things are happening on the Quebec gin scene…first, Ungava…now this. First, a little background information. According their website, the distillery Piger Henricus is named after the latin word for a type of furnace used by alchemists during the middle ages. The English translation of Piger Henricus is ‘Slow Harry’, and it was named as such due to its use in long and slow operations. This type of furnace is also known as an athanor.
Next…taste! This gin is made using traditional flavouring agents such as juniper berries, coriander, angelica root, lemon peel and cardamom…however, the surprise ingredient, parsnip, is what makes it really special. According, once again, to their website, parsnip gives the gin a “delicate bitterness and a subtle floral aroma”…however, I would disagree and say that it gives it a subtle sweetness and earthiness. Certainly, this is a quality product, and its flavour is smooth, unique, and quite delicious, providing justification for its price, which is comparable to that of Hendrick’s Gin (when one takes into account the smaller size of Piger’s bottles).
This is the first offering from the ‘The Subversives Distillers’, a company made up of four guys whose desire to produce more micro-distilled booze in Quebec led them first to the states (in order to learn their craft), and subsequently back here, to set up shop. Cheers to that! I’ll be awaiting their next offering in eager anticipation.