James Bay Distillers Ltd.
Whisky, whiskey and gin
Our Gold medal winning, 3-year aged 88-proof Galloping Goose Canadian Whisky has been available for sale at our U.S. distillery tasting room in Everett, WA since September 2019. This whisky opens with notes of caramel and vanilla, then moves to baked chocolate with a lingering honey finish.
Organic chocolate-infused Cadboro Chocolate Whisky is on the near-horizon, with labels just now being completed, and release planned for early February 2020.
Citrus-forward Lochside Summer Gin No. 5 was released in January 2020 - and our first bottling sold out within a week. We use a 2-step process: production of a London Dry style is followed by cold infusion of the more fragile botanicals such as orange blossom, kumquat and others. This is a true sipping' gin, with no mixers required, but permitted if you wish. Bottling at 80-proof, in 750ml size.
Barrel-aged Gintrigue Gin will see its first release in late Spring 2020. This is a 6-month aging in ex-bourbon/ex-cognac barrels that previously held both Kentucky bourbon (4 years) and French cognac (7 years). We will release other expressions of this gin at the 12-, 18- and 24-month mark in the aging process.
We have permits from the United Kingdom to import Scotch whiskies in bulk and then release our own new blends of Scotch: single grain, blended malt, blended Scotch. Watch for blends between sweet and floral to heavily phenol and smoky. This will be a project in 2020, with releases after June 2020.
We continue to look for a site in BC. We'd love to have a whisky barge in Victoria, but the harbour authorities and province are less keen on that idea. Send us your real estate ideas!
In December 2019 we moved our Canadian address from Victoria to White Rock/Surrey to be closer to some of our supporters and markets.
All of our exciting brands are tied to local history BC and Pacific NW locations and personalities! Expect a surprise or two in 2020!