Monday, September 14, 2015

Chic Choc Spiced Rum - New at the LCBO

You know I love to support local, and you also likely know that I love a good cocktail, so when I was offered the chance to try Chic Choc Spiced Rum, I said "Heck, yeah!"  Chic Choc is produced in Quebec, and is newly available here in Ontario at the LCBO ($33.95). This is a truly Canadian spirit, distilled by Domaine Pinnacle, a family-owned micro-distillery, and using spices found locally in the Gaspe. Local and family-owned are both big draws for me when making purchasing decisions.

“From the Chic Choc mountaineer on the bottle, to the premium agricultural rum to the six spices harvested in Gaspé region of Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is all natural and uniquely Canadian,” said Charles Crawford, President, Domaine Pinnacle. “The notes of ginger and Nordic spices make this a fantastic rum to sip on its own, or as the star in an amazing cocktail, such as a Dark & Stormy."

What's in it? Peppery Green Alder, Pine Forest Spikenard, Witherod Berries, Lovage Root, Sweet Gale Seeds and Wild Angelica. The inspiration is drawn from the boreal forest of Quebec's Chic Choc Mountains, and is uniquely Canadian.

The particular spices may not sound familiar, and some of the names (Spikenard?) don't sound terribly appetizing. But I really liked this rum. I tend to stick to a dark or amber rum, and don't normally favour spiced varieties. But I found this one quite smooth and a little sweet. It was actually nice just on the rocks, though a classic rum and coke is my favourite way to enjoy it. The spices come through subtly and warmly, and this will make a great cold weather drink. It would be excellent in a hot toddy on a cold winter evening.

I did play around with Chic Choc a little bit and came up with a cocktail recipe to share. I didn't want to add anything sweet to the earthy spices, and since I like to work with what I have on hand, I looked to my garden. Spiced rum or spicy rum? How about both? Jalapenos give a different depth to the flavour without overpowering the spice profile, and the lemon juice adds the sour. The rum is sweet enough no sugar was necessary. This does have a little kick to it, and it's a strong drink. Just the way I like them :)

Hot & Spiced Rum Sour

2 oz. Chic Choc Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. lemon juice
about half of one jalapeno pepper, sliced crosswise

Muddle 2 slices of the jalapeno with 1/2 oz. lemon juice. Add ice and rum. Shake thoroughly. Strain into a cocktail glass, over ice. Garnish with additional jalapeno slices.

About Domaine Pinnacle:
Domaine Pinnacle is a family-owned orchard, maple grove and micro-distillery located on the southern slopes of Pinnacle Mountain in Québec’s picturesque Eastern Townships. Founded in 2000, it has rapidly become the world’s leading producer of ice cider. In 2010, Domaine Pinnacle also began producing Coureur des Bois and Cabot Trail products, made with 100% pure Grade A maple syrup, and Ungava Canadian Premium Gin made from indigenous Québec plants and berries. Chic Choc Spiced Rum is the latest addition to the growing family of Domaine Pinnacle products, all of which are made with natural Canadian ingredients. For more information, please visit

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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