SPIRITS

Nestled in the heart of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, our family owned distillery crafts high quality spirits with the intention of capturing the essence of the Island in every bottle. We are continuously looking for innovative ways to make unique spirits and showcase local terroir by using distinctive island ingredients. Wild picked berries, locally farmed rhubarb, and award-winning Cowichan Valley wine barrels are just some of the ways we express terroir in our spirits.

gin

Wild blackberry gin

Our Wild Blackberry Gin harks back to the traditional seasonal gin liqueurs of the English countryside; using local picked wild Cowichan blackberries and Canadian honey. Not a liqueur and not overly sweet, this Wild Blackberry Gin is your versatile cocktail mixer, a bramble in a bottle, or simply enjoyed over ice.

Voted Best Flavoured Gin in Canada for two years running!

London dry gin

Our London Dry Gin is distilled with Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Cardamom, Cubeb, Cassia, Star Anise, Lemon & Lime zest, creating a Juniper forward gin with citrus, spice & floral notes. Great in classic cocktails or paired with a traditional tonic.

Barrel Aged Gin

Our award-winning London Dry gin is aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 18 months to create a complex and distinctive gin with notes of vanilla and spice. To be enjoyed straight or to redefine your classic gin cocktail.

World Gin Awards 2020: Best Canadian Matured Gin

Whisky

B-Word

We can’t call this Canadian whisky bourbon, so we called it the B-Word! This bourbon-style whisky has a mash-bill of 63% corn, 27% malt and 10% rye. It was aged for 3 years in new oak barrels, and then blended together to produce a beautiful, bold, b**chin’ batch of 1100 bottles.  

Nose: sweet clover and brown sugar Palate: ginger cookies, toasted marshmallow and vanilla cream. Finish: pepper, cinnamon.  Crushability: 10/10

Hungarian Oak

Hungarian Oak Finish

This is a single cask release created from 100% BC malted barley, barrelled in 2017 in an ex-bourbon first-fill Jim Beam barrel for 2 years. It was then finished in a “char 3” almost new Hungarian Oak wine barrel which provided notes of honey, cinnamon, toasted oak, and cocoa.

Rye Whisky

Small Cask Finish

This whisky was a mash bill of 80% unmalted rye and 20% malted barley. It is a combination of two ex-bourbon casks which were aged for 2 years and finished for 1 year in small ex-maple syrup American oak barrels, and a small ex-port Hungarian oak barrel. The small barrels were then “married” together to provide the best of both worlds; the sweet vanilla, toffee, toasted oak flavour from American oak, and the spicy, cinnamon, cocoa notes from the European oak. Together they bring out the best of the spicy rye grain.

Potent Port-Ables

Port Cask Finish

Potent Port-ables! A single cask release of just 230 bottles. This whisky boasts notes of vanilla and brown sugar on the nose, maple syrup and cloves on the palate and a creamy medium finish, making it easy to pour yourself a (daily) double.

Vodka

Van-Isle Rye Vodka

This vodka is unique to all of Canada, hence its special name.
 
Van-Isle Rye Vodka is distilled with rye grain cultivated in the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island. No other distillery handcrafts such a rare and distinctive spirit.
 
The result is a vodka brimming with flavour from the first sip to its long-lasting finish. Expect a sweet hit of grain at the beginning and a delightful, velvety smooth rye spice finish lingering well after the spirit dissipates.
 
A fun sipper over ice, or perfect in any vodka cocktail, adding a hint of rye notes along the way. You can’t get more LOCAL than this!

wild blackberry vodka

Naturally infused with 100% wild Cowichan Valley blackberries picked at their peak ripeness, this vodka produces a uniquely-sweet flavour on its own, or can be used as a twist on any classic cocktail.

2018 / 2019 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition – Silver

Seasonals & more

Rye'Shine

A crossover of our two local philosophies: distilling world class rye whisky and showcasing Vancouver Island fruits and berries. We’ve combined our two favourite things to create this mouth dazzling, fire-cracker, fruit bomb of a spirit. Subtle heat from the un-aged clear rye spirit, united with a sweet and tangy bite from local wild blackberries. Blackberry Rye’Shine is an easy summer sipper over ice, or simply add sparkling water for a quick and refreshing cocktail.

rhubarb gin

Naturally infused with 100% wild Cowichan Valley blackberries picked at their peak ripeness, this vodka produces a uniquely-sweet flavour on its own, or can be used as a twist on any classic cocktail.

Apple brandy

Our apple brandy is blended for complexity using 100% BC apples fermented, distilled and aged in used Whisky barrels. The result is a truly remarkable Brandy with notes of maple, vanilla, baking spice and an apple forward aroma.