A bourbon-style whisky will now be available in the Okanagan as the first batch is finally completed.
Okanagan Spirits has released its much-anticipated first batch of ‘BRBN’, a bourbon-style corn whisky. The whisky was conceived five years ago with the commencement of their grain corn crop planting in the Coldstream Valley. After being Okanagan grown and field-dried, the BRBN grain-corn is then milled, fermented and distilled on site at both of their two Okanagan Valley Distilleries.
“We came up with the name BRBN, a phonetic play on the regionally protected name Bourbon, just over five years ago when we were sipping our first Laird of Fintry Single Malt Whisky, just prior to its release,” said Tyler Dyck, CEO of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. “We thought it would be a great addition to our whisky portfolio and thus the name and spirit were born.”
The spirit is then aged in American oak casks which will help to develop unique flavours. Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery has spearheaded the way for whisky in B.C. with its line-up of B.C.’s first craft rye whisky, B.C.’s first single malt and hopped whiskies and now, a Western-Canadian first: the bourbon-style BRBN.
“We’ve been keeping the community up-to-date about BRBN for more than half a decade as we fine-tuned harvesting, preparation, and distilling process, so we’ve had people wanting to get their hands on an opportunity to purchase or pre-purchase a bottle for years. We think these bottles will be snapped up fast! That said, we have expanded our whisky-making capacity substantially in recent years, so we hope to be able to keep all four of our whisky lines on the shelves continually within the next year or so,” Dyck said.
BRBN will be available for tasting at the Okanagan Spirits Barrel Room Lounge and Patio on Bernard Avenue in Kelowna and in Vernon as well as select restaurants. Once it’s gone, whisky lovers will have to wait until early 2017 for the next batch to be released. Okanagan Spirits BRBN Bourbon-Style Corn Whisky retails at $60.
Okanagan Spirits is well known in the Okanagan Valley as their products are made from 100 per cent B.C. fruit and grain. With over 50 World Spirits awards, the distillery is making a name for itself around the world.