A boreal spirit gin
When the family tradition turned into a budding business, things evolved quickly. The first order for km12, a boreal-inspired gin that remains the distillery’s signature product to this day, was placed in August 2017, only nine or ten months following conception, tests, and regulatory approbations were finalized. "At the time, there were only about a dozen or so Quebec-made gins available at the SAQ," points out Jean-Philippe.
Today, the SAQ sells over 14 Origine Québec gins. Over the past four years, Fjord Distillery has become an industry veteran, proof of how much the gin world is growing across Quebec. "It’s impressive and wonderful to see just how much the scenery has changed, and how many Quebec products now line SAQ shelves, especially given the current context."
The brothers are incredibly proud that their gin, with its aromas of balsam fir, peppery green alder, pine forest spikenard, wild raspberry leaves, sweet gale, and organic juniper berry, remains a Quebec favourite; km12 explodes with boreal forest freshness and wild notes from Saguenay and Lac Saint-Jean.
When it comes to consuming this liqueur, the brothers recommend keeping it simple: "I’m a huge fan of aperitifs; half gin, half tonic, lots of ice," explains Jean-Philippe. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pair this signature gin with food. From happy hour bites to main meals, this gin pairs perfectly with salmon – smoked, grilled, or prepared any other way. "Gravlax and km12, now that’s an unbeatable pairing," concludes Jean-Philippe.