Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery just won big at the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition.
“We are honored and humbled to find that our Ethos Gin is not only the best Gin in Canada, but the top Spirit made in Canada overall as well,” says co owner Josh McLafferty.
While locals are thrilled for the Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery, everyone who has had their gin is hardly surprised, Josh and Jen’s Ethos Gin really is the best.
The Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition notes that Ethos Gin “shows off the direction Canadian Distillers are going with innovative flavour profiles without losing touch of the category.”
There are a few things that make the win all the sweeter. This was, McLafferty says, the first time they had entered into the competition. “We weren’t quite ready last year,” he says. With a judging panel of nine blind professional tasters, the local distillery dominated the competition. Every spirit they entered medalled.
“We won gold for vodka – we tied three other distillers. Gold for gin, our Bear Aware Brandy took silver. Our Triticle Whisky, which isn’t even ready for another year, took silver,” he says.
There were over 140 distillers across the nation who entered their spirits. Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery’s sweeping victory has put them on the map.
“I had to charge my phone three times yesterday, it just exploded,” McLafferty laughs.”Every bar and liquor store in BC wants gin. I am trying to see how much is possible, I’ll be making gin non stop on a weekly basis.”
The massive win has pushed McLafferty to hired local photographers to come in to take pictures of the products. “All the cocktail books want it; they want recipes and photos to go in books.”
“I’m so excited, I can’t believe it. I mean, best Gin in Canada and then best Spirit in Canada,” he says.
When asked if triticale grain, a hybrid of wheat and rye, was a part of their success, Mclafferty said he believes so. “Triticale was invented in Scotland and created to be drought tolerant,” says McLafferty. “It’s an amazing grain, and ours is grown locally, 58 miles from my doorstep.”
Huge Congratulations to everyone at Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery.
Ethos Gin – The Spirit of Revelstoke
Gold Medal, Best in Class in Canada CASC
Canadian Artisan Spirit of the Year CASC
Triticale grain base – 43.0% alc./vol. .
Juniper, huckleberries, spruce tips, ponderosa pine, and wild flowers form the base of our local ingredient bill combined with 10 more botanicals to create a gin whose spirit represents the wild alpine that surrounds our beautiful mountain town.