Sazerac returns Canadian whisky distilling to Montreal

1st March, 2017 by Annie Hayes

Sazerac’s Old Montreal Distillery is set to bring whisky production back to the Canadian city of Montreal this coming autumn as the site expands its distilling operations.

The distillery is located in downtown Montreal

Located in downtown Montreal, the distillery currently bottles Caribou Crossing – the “world’s first” single barrel Canadian whisky – and has the capacity to distill spirits such as genever and gin.

Now, the site has been equipped with a 4,000 gallon mash cooker and the team is readying to install an 18-foot still built by Vendome in Louisville, Kentucky.

Old Montreal Distillery plans to begin distilling super-premium Canadian whisky, and experiment with new whiskies.

“We’re excited to expand our distilling operations in Montreal and bring back Canadian whisky making to a city steeped in distilling history, not least of all as the headquarters of the legendary Seagram Company and its patriarch Sam Bronfman,” said Sazerac president and CEO Mark Brown.

“We have wanted to undertake this project since we purchased the Old Montreal Distillery six years ago and it is very nice to be able to now make it a reality.”

Barrels will “mostly” be stored on-site, Sazerac said, and with the potential to use other facilities in the future.

The site dates back to 1929, and currently employs more than 100 people, with this number slated to rise as operations increase.

A ‘formal christening’ of the still is to be held in 2018, and tours are set to be added sometime after.

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