Distilleries in the Annapolis Valley
As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” The Annapolis Valley distillery has partnered with 12 local farmers and producers for the fruits and coffee in their line of liqueurs. Barrelling Tide Distillery has been lauded with numerous awards, including multiple gold medals at the 2019 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition.
- Barrelling Tide Distillery
Distilleries on the Eastern Shore & Halifax
Nova Scotia distilleries are consistently raising their collective game to new levels. No longer novelties in the Canadian spirits landscape; they’re carving out a well-defined niche in the spirit and liqueur world. Rhubarb gin, chili pepper vodka—there’s no limit to the growing local innovation.
A number of these distillers are driven by a commitment to producing authentic, locally distilled spirits, many of which make a tireless commitment to use as many Nova Scotia-sourced ingredients as possible. Not only are they winning over local customers, Nova Scotia distilleries are also receiving recognition by national and international critics.
- Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company
- Compass Distillers
Distilleries on the South Shore & Yarmouth
Their spirits are truly artisanal, having been made with a “field to glass” approach or, perhaps better said, an “orchard to glass” method. Ironworks is made from Annapolis Valley grown apples, representing a growing trend in the global vodka category to use non-traditional base ingredients such as grapes and orchard fruit. They also produce gin, liqueurs and dark rum.
Distilleries on the Northumberland Shore & Truro
Nova Scotia spirits reflective of their north-shore landscape. Local distilleries use Canadian rye grown in the dense, dark clay soils found in this part of Nova Scotia. The coolness of climate and soil provides rye that contributes intense, spicy aromas to their whisky, a quality prized by rye whisky aficionados. The Nova Scotian distilleries also have the advantage of using the local hard water, instead of treated water, uniquely Nova Scotian.
- Caldera Distilling
- Coldstream Clear Distilling
- Nova Scotia Spirits Co.
- Steinhart Distillery
Distilleries in Cape Breton Island
In 1989, Glenora Distillery became Nova Scotia’s first artisanal spirit producer, simultaneously earning the exclusive title of North America’s first single malt whisky distillery. Located in Cape Breton, the distillery produces multi-award-winning whiskies including its flagship Glen Breton Rare Single Malt whisky. The distillery is also becoming equally celebrated for its Smuggler’s Cove Rum.