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A Saanich Peninsula distillery will have to slide the bottles over and make some trophy space on the top shelf. The Devine Distillery and Winery team once again has reason to raise a glass after receiving several accolades in its best showing ever at the Canadian Whisky Awards , including Artisan Distillery of the Year. The small-batch whiskey distillery had one spirit with an intoxicating presence at the awards. Ken Winchester, a recently retired Devine master distiller, received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the online event.
There are so many talented people, and such great opportunities, in this country. I look forward to tasting what comes next. Devine says the majority of products that go into its spirits are sourced from local farms, so you can taste the Peninsula in every sip. The Canada Whisky Awards are usually held during the Victoria Whisky Festival, but the celebration was broadcast online this year due to the pandemic. All the whiskies are blind tasted by a panel of independent experts.
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All the whiskies are blind tasted by a panel of independent experts. Located on the Saanich Peninsula, outside Victoria, Devine is a true small-batch, craft distillery creating handcrafted spirits made solely from British Columbia-grown ingredients.
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Sensory evaluation is something I lecture new distillers about. I took a course from Dr. Ann Noble at [University of California] Davis, who developed the whole science of sensory evaluation and created the aroma wheel that people still use today.
That was very influential for me. It comes with experience. Going back to your mash, you can tell a lot from the taste and smell about what will end up as your whisky. Newer distillers focus on the still, but the mash is so important.
What should a distillery start with? I jumped to gin. I thought it was must more interesting, more of a challenge to a distiller. It had a history I liked, too. I like that about whisky and rum, as well. Coming from training at Bruichladdich I really wanted to make a single malt, but using local ingredients. That was always to me the holy grail. The Empress Hotel took it on, and that was huge for us. I brought in a business partner, ordered stills and had several months using a test still to play with the botanicals.
I still find that fascinating, and to this day I still enjoy that process of developing a new product. About 18 months into it I started getting restless and my business partner bought me out. When the distilling rules changes in , I started looking for a still, with an eye to starting my own distillery. I stumbled on the still I call Brunhilde up in Cowichan in a barn and brought it down to Saanich on the spot. We were on a vineyard, so we made gin from grapes. We also had really great fruit, so we tried everything: a Calvados-style apple brandy, pear brandy, slivovitz [plum brand].
We tried an oak-aged gin, which was a first. We made a genever, a big success because hardly anybody makes it. The same is true of the Ancient Grains whisky. I think some of the more successful distillers are making products nobody else is making.
ADC: What do you think are the key elements to a successful distillery? KW : Quality, price and story. Those are the three cornerstones of a successful distillery. Story is almost the most important of those; you have to have something unique. There are practical things. No additives, preservatives, or artificial flavours. No neutral grain spirit which is a bulk alcohol produced by industrial distilleries that saves a production step.
We are no longer offering tastings on site, but are open for bottle sales and order pickup only, Monday – Friday 10am-4pm. Our staff continue to work hard to create our award-winning lineup of spirits for you to enjoy at home or at your favourite restaurant, pub, or bar. Get directions. Young in spirit? Just added to your cart.