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In pursuit of the unconventional, truly unique, flavour-forward spirits & cocktails

 Brewed, Fermented, Distilled & Bottled on-site 

We source only  100% BC grown fermentables & grow many of our own botanicals

(Classified in BC as a 'Craft Distillery')

UP & COMING...

Arbutus Distillery - Blue Gin - Now AVAILABLE

Our West Coast inspired Empiric Gin steeped in butterfly pea flower making for a brilliantly 'blue' gin that changes colour with the addition of citrus or tonic. 

 

OWL's SCREECH - Hot Sauce Vodka - NOW AVAILABLE

In collaboration with the fine folks at Vancouver Island Hot Sauce Company, we united forces to produce Owl’s Screech Vodka , made from the Vancouver island favourite Owl’s Screech Hot Sauce; made with Scotch Bonnet peppers , cashew & yam, along side other spices. PERFECT FOR CAESAR"S this summer season

BIRCH LIQUEUR - COMING SOON

A novel liqueur made from BC birch syrup. Notes/reminiscent of maple syrup, molasses and rum. 


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The Empiric Gin is centered around the merger of classic botanicals such as Juniper and coriander  along side west coast staples such as hops, rosemary lavender  and the unique addition of lemon verbena imparting the gin's citrus tones.  Epically floral yet well balanced.  

Name and packaging are inspired from the historical 'Empiric Death Doctors’ noted to have worn beak-like masks stuffed with aromatic botanicals and said to have used various Juniper based tinctures to ward off such ailments as the plague. Their practices are thought to be one of the early origin myths of Gin itself.

750ml/40% ABV

 

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Baba Yaga Genuine Absinthe is distilled traditionally with grand wormwood, anise, fennel, lemon balm, and mint. Blended to 60%Abv the finished spirit is then rested and steeped in more herbs and botanicals yielding it's natural green/ chartreuse colour. (BabaYaga Absinthe is naturally coloured and therefore a natural chlorophyl precipitate may occur in bottle over time)

Prepare by pouring over ice or blending drop wise slowly with ice cold water to release its herbal oils and develop an opal cloud ('louche').  

TASTING NOTES: Prominent sweet black liquorice, with herbal notes  alongside light citrus and mint. 

BEST ENJOYED: over ice (often as a digestif), paired with sparkling wine (aka 'Death in the Afternoon') or in cocktails to lend anise tones with a 'rinse' 

 

 


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Small-batch copper pot distilled spirit from 100% BC grown and malted barley yielding a rich viscous and smooth vodka with undertones of toast, chocolate & caramel. Distilled with European style techniques to highlight the basic characteristic of the grain (opposed to Western Style) . 

Excellent chilled & sipped on the rocks. 

AVAILABLE in 750ml , 40% ABV

 

 


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Our Grand Visco represents a BC first. Naturally-grown VancouverIsland grape varietals gave rise to a wonderfully aromatic Pisco-style Brandy. Lightly aged in ex-bourbon barrels, subtle vanilla and oak tones accompany it’s bold aromatics. Blended to 43%ABV classifies this Brandy as“Grand”. Works brilliantly in classic Pisco Sours or neat.

Limited Release; one barrel/Yr

AVAILABLE in 750ml , 43% ABV


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A west coast version of the classic Italian Liquer

Classic amaro botanicals united with a plethora of west coast herbs including oregon grape root, mushroom, hops, mint, dandelion, gentian , ginger and locally roasted coffee. Aged is Ex-Bourbon barrels for over a year. 

Multiple layers of bitterness & herbal Complexity approaching more towards the 'FERNET' end of the amaro spectrum. A touch of oak & sweetness

Pairs perfectly with tonic, colas and in craft cocktails. Commonly used as a digestif.  

1 Barrel released / year , 35% ABV 375ml. 

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Our 'Third-Eye' Spirit Series explores the often unconventional, weird and wonderful.  


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Tasting BAR & Cocktail LoungE

Located within the distillery The arbutus Lounge features on-site bottle sales, spirit tastings/flights, Cocktail service & Food.  Come in and explore our unique spirits and/or enjoy both classic & innovative cocktails tailored around our spirits. Full Cocktail service runs evenings serving until 11pm. The lounge also  regularly runs events such as live music, whisky nights and much more. Our outdoor licensed patio is now open for the season; additionally LaMexicaine food cart serving tacos, pulled pork and other authentic Mexican cuisine will be joining us on most Thursday evenings.          

HOURS

 

Sunday:   CLOSED

Monday:  CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: 11 am - 6pm 

Thursday:    11 am - 11 pm (last call)

Friday:          11 am - 11 pm (last call)

Saturday:     12 pm - 11 pm (last call)

 

FIND

1890 Boxwood Road
Nanaimo, BC, V9S 5Y2
Canada

info@arbutus-distillery.com

250 714 0027

 

WHISKY - Coming late 2018

 COMING LATE 2018 we will begin releasing the first of our Canadian Single Malt. 

COMING LATE 2018 we will begin releasing the first of our Canadian Single Malt.