On Saturday, my "special lady" and I took a tour of Prince Edward County, ON. Besides some nice wines and excellent food, we stumbled upon the nearly one-year-old 66 Gilead Distillery
. At the moment, the only spirits they have on the market are clear ones: some interesting vodkas (whole wheat, rye, and pine)—I know, "interesting" is not a word that usually precedes "vodka" in this forum, but they were surprisingly flavourful—a lovely gin, and a shochu. They also make their own tonic concentrate syrup, for homemade G&Ts or the like.
Of particular interest to this crowd, however, is that 66 Gilead is currently aging Canadian rye and "bourbon-style" whiskies. Even more interesting, the rye is composed of 100% rye grain and the "bourbon" is a mash of 51% corn plus both
rye and wheat (I didn't get the proportions). Finally, and perhaps most exciting, the barrels are virgin Canadian
oak from a Canadian
cooperage: the Carriage House Cooperage
, just adjacent to the 66 Gilead property. This cooperage has been supplying wineries in the area with barrels as well, constructed out of a variety of species, including a mix of white oak and cherry and a five-wood mix that also includes ash and hickory. Finally, the cooperage makes their own barrel aged vinegars.
The mighty Davin de Kergommeaux
was actually running a tasting at 66 Gilead that same day—sorry to have missed you, Davin, but so glad I could pick up a signed copy of your book!—and has apparently tasted from the barrels that hold the will-be-whisky. Perhaps, if we all ask nicely enough and click our heels together three times, he can give us some more detail about the distillery, cooperage, and their respective products?