A Study into Cirka Distilleries and its Products (Vodka Terroir & Gin Sauvage)

Cirka Distilleries

Cirka Distilleries

A Canadian distillery originating from the state of Quebec. Cirka Distilleries’ identity draws inspiration from Montréal’s creative energy, cultural diversity, and renowned “epicuriosity”. It aims for its product to truly reflect who they are through how and where they are from. Exhibiting the essence of Québec’s rich terroir, with high-quality grains, pristine water, and unique aromatic botanicals from the northern boréal forests.

What is Cirka Vodka Terroir

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Cirka Vodka Terroir is a premium vodka that is made from its primary ingredient of non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) corns. It is then singularly distilled in a 24-foot vodka column using water that is filtered in-house with maple leaves, allowing the vodka to retain all its natural flavors and achieve rich textures, making it premium. The product is 40% ABV.

Cirka Vodka Terroir flavour profile

Considered a neutral vodka, Terroir allows for taste relating to popcorn, caramel, and buttered toast. It is excessive and provides long and creamy textures upon drinking. Complementing with notes of pastries to the nose that is extremely similar to its palate. 

Cirka Vodka Terroir Awards

  • 2016 (CTAQ) Innovation Award: First 100% Québec grain-to-bottle
  • 2016 World Vodka Masters (The Spirits Business, UK): Gold Medal
  • 2016 SIP Awards: Gold Medal
  • 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Silver Medal
  • 2016 New York International Spirits Competition: Québec Distillery of the Year
  • 2017 American Distilling Institute Spirit Awards: Gold Medal: Excellence in Packaging
  • 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Silver Medal

Food that goes well with Cirka Vodka Terroir

  • Cheese: Cheese’s richness complements the crisp vodka flavor, which is why it is such a perfect match.
  • Sashimi: The likeness of the raw fish combined with the freshness that comes with vodka is an excellent combination. The taste of both the drink and the food, and one does not overpower the other.
  • Dumplings: Dumplings are hearty and scrumptious, getting a little bit of buzz going with vodka, can make for a really fun combination.

What is Cirka Gin Sauvage?

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Cirka Gin Sauvage is a Canadian Gin that uses over 30 types of roots, shoots, fruits, and flowers from the boréal forest. Using the brand’s very own Vodka Terroir as a base for their gin, Cirka leverage a combination of maceration and botanical baskets through custom pots during the distillation process. Resulting in the final gin achieving unique, balanced, and complex flavors that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed into cocktails. The product is 43% ABV. 

Cirka Gin Sauvage flavour profile

Cirka Gin Sauvage provides a creamy and velvety mouthfeel together with multiple flavors such as elderflower, lavender, sweet orange, cinnamon, and fennel seed upon drinking. The robust yet complete flavor leaves no single element taking center stage, allowing the gin to be a great base for mixing craft cocktails, with different pairings enhancing different aspects of its character. With pine present but not overpowering, the drink also provides floral and fruity notes to the nose that are balanced harmoniously with rich bergamot, licorice, and cloves.

Cirka Gin Sauvage Awards

  • 2016 New York International Spirits Competition: Québec Distillery of the Year
  • 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Bronze Medal
  • 2017 American Distilling Institute Spirits Awards(International Grain-to-Glass): Silver Medal
  • 2018 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition: Gold Medal

Food that goes well with Cirka Gin Sauvage

  • Meat and Cheese Platters: The rich, salty, and earthy flavors of meats and cheese are failsafe options as they mingle with the gin’s citrus undertones, making them a great accompaniment.
  • Curries: Spicy foods work brilliantly against the crispness of gin and tonic, as many gins use spices to provide a greater depth of flavor and aroma.
  • Smoked Salmon: Seafood flavor profiles present in smoked salmon complements the floral notes in Sauvage beautifully. Bringing out the natural essence while still providing the mouth with rich flavors. 


Now that you know about the technicalities of the products and how you are able to enjoy them, head down to our website to grab yourself a bottle so that you can share this experience with your friends and loved ones!