Gin Mare

LCBO#: 481598
Price: $53.45
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: Global Premium Brands
ABV: 42.7%

Beautiful unique bottle from Barcelona, Spain. Blended from Arbequina olives, thyme, rosemary, basil, cardamom, coriander and juniper – so lots going on here. These spices can be felt in the nose with the olives polishing the rest. Quite herbal and sharp in the taste with the warming kick coming a bit later. This takes away from the typical juniper notes of gin. Quite interesting but lacking a little balance to drink alone. Bring the tonic!

Rating: 3.9/5

Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava

LCBO#: 352856
Price: $16.95
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: U Mes U Fan Tres

This Spanish Organic Sparkling available in the Vintages section at the LCBO, is composed of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo varietals. Fruity aromas of apples and pears. The taste is more on the sour side of things. Less fruity in the mouth, but some of the grapes. Tarty mouthfeel, but not much almonds notes from the yeast. Pretty good overall, kind of forgetting this is an organic wine. Vell worth the price. 

Rating: 3.7/5

Duran Gran Reserva Brut 2007

20130310-162319.jpgLCBO#: 299818
Price: $16.95
Made in: Spain
By: Ramon Canals Canals

This Spanish Sparkling is a blend of Xarel-Lo, Macabea, Parallada, Charbonnay grapes and aged on lees for 36 months. Big creamy-looking head with lots of apple aromas. Smell calms down. Taste starts off with a little sourness, then some wood shows up with the grapes finishing on hints of yeast that lingers. Not too bad, but still lacking some “umph” and not as well blended with all of those grape varieties.

Ratings: 3.2/5