We very proud to have our first full batch of vodka, bottled and ready for sale. It is 100% barley, with a small amount of local barley, but predominantly from the Atlantic Canada. The barley was harvested in Cormack on the west coast of Newfoundland in the fall of 2017 and we are now using that for our vodka, the first batches will be out in early 2018.
It is a smooth vodka, even when consumed at room temperature and without mix. You can taste a hint of the barley, but it is very pure, finely filtered and totally delicious.
Our very own Newfoundland Distillery Company Gin, which has juniper, cloudberry and savoury for its botanicals is now available from our own shop and in all NLC stores.
We also have a seaweed gin, made using seaweed (dulse) harvested from the Grand Banks. Slightly salty, full of juniper, it is like being in an ocean mist, next to a herb garden.
Our aquavit is the first spirit ever produced in Newfoundland that has been fully grown and legally distilled in the province. The ingredients come from coast to coast; the barley was grown and dried in Cormac, the honey is from Tuck’s Bee Better Farm in Grand Falls, pristine spring water comes from Springdale, the peat and juniper from Clarke’s Beach and a dash of savoury from Mt. Scio in St John’s.
Aquavit is a Nordic spirit which is traditionally a grain based alcohol flavoured with local herbs and botanicals. We’ve made ours unique to Newfoundland and in some ways it’s a young ‘wannabe’ whisky; there’s a hint of smokiness, the campfire is there safely in the distance, a little bit of earthiness from the peat, herbal notes from the savoury and a comforting roundness from a small touch of honey.
This is a young smooth spirit, reminiscent of the aromas and purity of a walk through the Newfoundland wilderness.
Aquavit can be enjoyed in many ways, from straight, over ice and in many whisky based cocktails, from an old fashioned, to an aquavit sour and even a hot toddy!