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Central City Brewers + Distillers partners with Okanagan Valley’s Black Sage Vineyard

Published 04 November 2017

Central City Brewers + Distillers has partnered with Okanagan Valley’s Black Sage Vineyard for special edition Lohin McKinnon VQA Wine Barrel Finished Single Malt Whisky.

This limited release takes a smooth and refined single malt whisky made with BC malted barley, aged in premium oak bourbon casks, and finished for six months in Black Sage Vineyard VQA Black Sage Pipe wine barrels to add a rich, complex and locally inspired collaboration release.

“We really wanted to celebrate British Columbia’s rich diversity of world renowned beer, wine and spirits, and what better way than to collaborate on a special edition single malt whisky with a local, world-class partner like Black Sage Vineyard,” says Stuart McKinnon; Head Distiller at Central City Brewers + Distillers. “Our collaboration is a tribute to BC’s passion for craftsmanship and quality that our province is best known for.”

Lohin McKinnon VQA Wine Barrel Finished Single Malt Whisky has a nose of blackberry, vanilla, prunes and sultans with an earthy character that lends to the fortified wine roots of the Pipe finishing barrel. Notes of sweet dark fruit, licorice and oak envelope the palate and lead into a medium and zesty drying finish.

Black Sage Vineyard is located at the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert in the Okanagan Valley, which gets more hours of sunlight than any other growing region in North America. The west-facing late-ripening premium grapes on the Black Sage Bench receive optimal sunlight and thrive in hot, arid conditions to produce intensely flavoured fruit. Crafted by the experienced hands of winemaker Jason James, the exceptional wines have a bold new label that matches their confident personality.

“We were excited to work with Central City on this special edition whisky and toast our made-in-BC collaboration,” says Black Sage Vineyard’s wine maker Jason James. “Aging Lohin McKinnon whisky in our Pipe wine barrels makes a lot of sense because of the rich character from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. The sweetness of the fortified wine also compliments the whisky and results in a smooth, bold and complex wine-aged single malt whisky.”

Recognized as one of BC’s best craft breweries, and two-time winner of the Canadian Brewery of the Year Award, Central City Brewers + Distillers entered the world of craft distilling in 2013 when they opened their new 68,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery on Bridgeview Drive in Surrey. They launched their high-end spirits portfolio with Seraph Vodka and Gin, the two-time Double Gold award-winning Queensborough Gin, and the Lohin McKinnon single malt whisky.

Source: Company Press Release