Lounge Lizard

There are so many gins to play with that it seems appropriate to try the classic martini gin against gin.

Me and the ladies. Friday night. Off for cocktails and chatter at busy Clive’s Classic Lounge. Service is swift and the cocktails delicious. There are so many gins to play with that it seems appropriate to try the classic martini gin against gin.

First up, a couple of relative North American newbies: Victoria Gin, an intense spirit, is a bit pungent with lots of botanicals and Aviation, a new American gin that has notes of lavender rather than juniper shining through.

Then we went old school. The next cocktail is with Plymouth Gin, a favourite of mine that I first read of in a New York Times article that saw four renowned palates holding a taste test for best martini gin. Plymouth won and curiosity got the better of me: I tried and loved it. I had been a Tanqueray fan but with barely a glance over my shoulder, I switched to this slightly subdued juniper-noted spirit. One of Plymouth’s unique claims is that it’s the only gin in the UK to have a protected geographical zone.

The final martini used Tanqueray. Since Plymouth went bye-bye at the LCB, I switched back (being a thrifty imbiber) and I have to say tonight, as I compared it head-to-head, it became my favourite again. Stronger juniper notes and a dry, crisp finish won me over for a second time. There are so many gins to try these days, I don’t know how one can keep up.

 

Just Posted

Oak Bay Tea Party: Parade goes balloon free for environmental protection

Hand sorting shifts 3,000 pounds of ‘trash’ to recycling

Oak Bay’s new music fest returns next weekend

All festival concerts take place on June 2 and 3 at St. Mary’s Anglican Church

Cyclists win Bike to Work Week’s Commuter Challenge kickoff

16 teams of cars vs. bikes raced to see who could reach downtown destination fastest

Victoria Cool Aid Society invites you to their Homecoming

Event celebrates 50 years of social services across Greater Victoria with fundraiser to keep programs running

Fort Street bike lanes making their debut with roll-out event Sunday

Completion marks the second east-west connector dedicated to downtown cyclists

Film Review: On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan continues to shine in adaptation Ian McEwan novel about young newlyweds on their wedding day

Juno winners MonkeyJunk play Saanich’s V Lounge June 2

Two-time Juno-winning Monkey Junk bring their ‘swamp’ R&B sound to Saanich’s V… Continue reading

Burlesque performers don’t let theatre fire stop their show

Cheesecake Burlesque Revue raising money for PEERS with Saturday night performance of Hot Pink

Free mixed media camp offered to youth

Camp hosted on Denman Island

Reading between the lines: the many roles of the Victoria Literacy Connection

Saturday fundraiser to help volunteer-run organization teach people to read, write and more

Film Review: On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan continues to shine in adaptation Ian McEwan novel about young newlyweds on their wedding day

Mulroney children to act as bridesmaids-page boys at royal wedding

Ben and Jessica Mulroney’s children will be in Saturday’s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Most Read