The Newfoundland Distillery is the first craft distillery in Newfoundland & Labrador which uses locally grown barley as the base spirit for many products. All of our spirits celebrate and focus on the purity of ingredients from the shores of Newfoundland. Juniper and all the other ingredients are picked or harvested locally, on land or from the sea. This includes cloudberry (bakeapple in NL), chaga, rhubarb, partridgeberry, sea salt, dulse, kelp, caribou moss, nettle, spruce tips, alder pepper and savoury.
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! Our Aquavit won a silver medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirit Awards.
Rhubarb Flavoured Vodka
The Rhubarb Flavoured Vodka is made with Newfoundland rhubarb. It has the freshness and bite of just-picked rhubarb, which is tempered with a dash of Bee Better honey from Grand Falls, Windsor. All the ingredients are from the Newfoundland, including the barley grown on the West Coast of the island. Our Rhubarb Flavoured Vodka is ideal to drink on its own or as a flavourful twist in vodka based cocktails, especially in citrus ones. Rhubarb Flavoured Vodka also makes a very fine martini.
Our 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 and is the savoury (flavour wise rather than herb wise) companion to our cloudberry gin. This gin was awarded a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition in 2018 and a silver medal at the 2018 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition.