Who among you even knew that PEI had a distillery, let alone that it has won awards for several of its artisan-distilled spirits? Given the fame of PEI potatoes, it’s hardly surprising that they produce vodka, I suppose. It had just never crossed my mind. But a pleasant surprise is a pleasant surprise, and we were gonna see what this was all about.
They produce vodka and blueberry vodka as well as whiskey and gin. We tasted all four spirits. The Blueberry vodka and the whisky weren’t really worth the time or the money (not cheap at $3 a taste). The blueberry vodka had more of an off-taste than a blueberry one, and the whiskey is far from being ready to compete with the high-end brands. But the potato vodka was smooth and clean, and the gin was wonderfully floral – probably the best thing on offer.
We would have picked up a bottle for the trip home if we hadn’t planned to drive through the US. That would have just led to no end of headaches at border crossings. Sadly, Ontario’s Liquor Stores don’t seem to carry this brand – no doubt a result of the rampant protectionism the LCBO is known for. Would have been nice to have a bottle of that gin for our collection. Maybe we’ll get our friend M to pick up a bottle next time she’s home.