Bouvet Crémant de Loire Excellence Brut

LCBO#: 303636
Price: $19.95
Made in: Loire, France
By: Bouvet-Ladubay

This Crémant de Loire is pretty much all apple notes for scent with hints of grape sourness and leather. The taste is also fruity with the apples and grapes. Nicely blended between the sweetness, mild sourness and light dryness. All well-balanced, but nothing crazy outstanding for this French bubbly. There are better Crémant out there for the under twenty dollars range.

Rating: 3.6/5

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Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut

LCBO#: 556654
Price: $18.95
Made in: Tulbagh, South Africa
By: Twee Jonge Gezellen
Year: 2016

This South African bubbly gives out freshly crushed apple aromas and hints of honey. After breathing, raisin notes come out with hints of brown sugar and yeast. The dried raisins really show in the taste, over the apple notes. The yeast is well-hidden, and the mouthfeel a little dry, a slight wet. Does not linger too, too long. Nothing offensive, but if you are not into the raisin butter tarts, you might not like this one. If you are into something different, this is for you.

Rating: 3.7/5

Astoria Prosecco DOC

LCBO#: 593855
Price: $15.35
Made in: Italy
By: Astoria Vini

This Italian Prosecco comes in a dark green bottle with lots of gold. The opening on the bottle is quite thick in glass, harder for pouring. Aromas of grapes and apples, mild in fruitiness. The taste has some nice sweetness with apples again, hints of sourness and a crisp mouthfeel. Nothing too special, but goes down nicely if you like something milder.

Rating: 3.3/5

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva

LCBO#: 216960
Price: $15.75
Made in: Spain
By: Heredad Segura Viudas

A Spanish bubbly with a classy looking green bottle. The first thing you see at first pour is the head seems bigger than most. After it calms down, you can see that the bubbles are bigger size, more like beer carbonation than a sparkling. This does calm down as well and smaller bubbles finally appear. Apple nose with hints of cucumber juice. Flavours are on the sour side, with the apples still present as a base. Very light yeast does linger after all of this. Fairly dry mouthfeel and becomes nice all-around, as the sourness balances itself out.

Rating: 3.8/5

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