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The Distilleries of Vancouver Island

A Guided Tour of West Coast Craft and Artisan Spirits

by (author) Marianne Scott

TouchWood Editions
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Wine & Spirits, Food Industry, Western Provinces
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2021
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A guided tour that highlights the recent evolution of the 21 craft and artisan distilleries that have sprung up on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

In the past five years the number of craft and artisan distilleries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands has more than doubled. A change in the provincial liquor laws in 2013 made small-batch distilling a viable business and with this alternative to high-volume, mass-market liquor comes a focus on local ingredients and distinctive flavours.

From relative veterans like Merridale and Sheringham, to the newest stills on the block, you'll meet a group of entrepreneurs unbound by traditional liquor-making rules who are creating vodkas, gins, whiskeys, and liqueurs with their own unique characteristics, using a wide range of grains, fruit, botanicals, peat smoke, seaweed, and spices. Craft-spirits enthusiast Marianne Scott introduces readers to the methods distillers use to develop their spirits, how they learned their craft, the products they make, and the recognition they've garnered.

With an introduction on the history of spirit making and the process of distilling, a glossary of common distilling terms, cocktail recipes inspired by each distillery's products, and a map to help you organize your ideal tasting tour, Vancouver Island's Spirits has everything you need to jump into the region's burgeoning craft-spirits scene.

About the author

Marianne Scott grew up in the Netherlands and came to North America as a teenager. She rediscovered her seafaring roots when she and her husband, David, sailed to Bora Bora and back on their Nigara 35, Starkindred. She lives in Victoria, about 40 feet from the Juan de Fuca Strait, where she writes regularly for Pacific Yachting, Cruising World, Northwest Yachting and other marine publications. Marianne lives in Victoria. Please visit

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