Chantilly French Cream

LCBO#: 424044
Price: $30.05
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Maverick Distillery Limited

Comes in a beautiful, very classy black bottle with everything that says – French (just like it is written French Cream). The only thing, this is made right here in Ontario. Very nicely done as the typical butterscotch notes are present, with the hints of cherries and almonds. Light alcohol shows, but not too excessive. Same in the taste but the chocolate shows up here. Smooth, silky mouthfeel with some nice nuttiness. Everything here is well-done, except the price usually represents imports. Maybe because the sugars are organic. Still, not sure what alcohol they use in this one. Will retry though.

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Château le Puy Emilien 2013

LCBO#: 557660
Price: $29.95
Made in: France
By: Sarl Jp & P Amoreau
Year: 2013

This French red wine is a Vin Fin de Bordeaux wine. Lots of wood in the nose with full berries in the aromas. Cherries, raspberries, strawberries. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice dry tannins. Still, lots of cherries with berry notes. So easy to drink, with lots going on, but all well-blended with some beautiful wood notes.

Rating: 4.3/5

North of 7 Leatherback Rum Special Reserve

LCBO#: Only sold at North of 7 distillery
Price: $54.95
Made in: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
By: North of 7 Distillery

This local rum is batch #13 and from barrel 22. We purchased this on our first visit at the distillery. This barrel strength rum is at 57% abv. Looks like a syrupy amber colour. You can smell the molasses, but more of the charred barrel and some nice fruitiness. Apricots, raisins, apples with a warming alcohol and caramel notes. The mouthfeel is quite warming because of the high alcohol content. The flavours have less of the charcoal hints, more like a nice rum but with a killer long bite from the alcohol. Quite intense to have a lot, but a great winter warmer.

Madison Park Breakfast Gin

SAQ#: 13535864
Price: $48.25
Made in: Quebec, Canada
By: 1769 Distillery

A new gin from Montreal, Quebec with bergamot and infused in the end with a blend of teas to give it its amber colour. If you are an Earl Grey tea drinker like me, you will love the smell with bergamot, lemon notes like lemongrass. The taste has these touches of this tea, but smoother. A little warming, but not too intense. This is quite a different gin that is real interesting… and very worth trying.

Rating: TBA

Santi Nello Botter Prosecco

SAQ#: 10540730
Price: $15.55
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Casa Vinicola Botter Carlo & C. SPA

This Italian sparkling gives out lots of apple notes. Fruity aromas of apples. Not too sweet, not too sour with hints of pears. The taste starts off with apple sweetness, very light honey in the background and a nice sour finish does appear slowly as the sips go on. The yeast is nicely mild in here. Seems like nothing too special at first, but does show character as it goes. If you love apples, this one is for you.

Rating: 3.7/5