On my “World of Gin” map, the majority of the countries north of the 50th parallel has now been coloured in, which indicates that I have tasted a gin from that nation. One vast area that had remained for a while, however, was Greenland.
Isfjord Premium Arctic Gin is made in Hulissat and was first released in 2007. Distilled using water from icebergs, it is bottled at 44% ABV and is made using twelve botanicals, including: juniper, angelica, lemongrass, and cardamom.
On its own
Nose: Spicy, with hints of cassia and chopped nut, plus the floral, slightly citrus note of coriander.
Taste: This gin has an intense flavour and a silky texture with a little warmth at the end. There are initial flavours of menthol and fresh, green pine needles, followed by some sweet, creamy spice – vanilla and cassia – and then some crisp citrus, coriander, and verbena. The finish is of freshly chopped cucumber and celery.
Gin & Tonic
The gin adds an earthy, dry, piney character with a touch of bitterness. This is definitely one for those gin aficionados that feel that some modern Gin & Tonics are just too sweet and, too often, chock-full of a fruit salad garnish. I would really like to try this with a fresh pine spruce garnish.
A very classic Martini that’s packed full of the juniper crispness that makes the cocktail synonymous with the term “Silver Bullet”. Herbaceous with a little citrus, it is very clean, but nonetheless with a strong flavour profile that’s delicious.
The herbal elements of the gin are an excellent companion to the aromatics of the red vermouth and the bitter elements of the Campari. It is a clean and flavourful Negroni, where the bitterness is slightly curbed, making it a good introduction to the drink.
Isfjord Gin is a relatively classic gin with hints of herbal and vegetal notes that really flourish in certain drinks. My favourite was the Martini.