Saskatoon is known for many things: sunshine, live music, a gorgeous riverbank, friendly people...and now GIN! Saskatoon’s Black Fox Farm & Distillery, the family farm of Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote and John Cote and their four children, just won a World Gin Award in London, England, for ‘Best Cask Gin’ with their Black Fox Barrel Aged Vapour Infused Dry Gin.
Have you tried it yet?
While most gins are generally colourless and light, dry characteristics, cask gin is distilled the same way but then aged in oak barrels, the same ones used to age whisky, wine, and sherry. So it's a little bit more like a whisky-type gin. Some people refer to it as as their "summer scotch" or "winter gin". It's a nod to a more traditional drink and as an appreciator of all things old-school in style and flavour, this gets a win in my book.
Barb and John recommend trying it in a negroni:
1.5 oz Black Fox Oaked Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice or into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange.
Pick up a bottle at select SLGA stores (you may want to call ahead to check if they stock it), Sobeys or Co-Op liquor stores, or pop out to their distillery for a tasting at 245 Valley Road, just a few minutes SW of Saskatoon. Have a peek at their website first for hours.
PS - If you want to learn more about , you might find this NPR story interesting.