Jason and Alayne MacIsaac proudly display their Seaside gin. The spirit was just awarded the title of World’s Best Contemporary Gin, beating out hundreds of other entries from around the world. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke distillery wins an international award for best gin

After less than four years, Sheringham is racking up the awards

Sooke’s own Sheringham Distillery is continuing to make its mark in the spirit world by winning the title of Best Contemporary Gin at the 2019 World Gin Awards.

The company’s owners, Alayne and Jason MacIsaac, were at home in Sooke when they discovered that their gin had beaten out hundreds of other entries from 23 countries around the world to win the title.

“It was very exciting, for sure. We heard the news and were, like ‘What? Did this just happen?’” said Jason.

“It’s really a dream come true for us to be honoured in this way. We’re naturally very proud of our product, but it’s always nice to get the recognition.”

It’s not the first award for the gin, which in 2017 won a silver medal at the World Spirits Competiton in addition to a series of other recognition since it was first released in 2016.

Perhaps it’s the unique makeup of the spirit that has captured the imagination at these competitions as it is made from B.C. white wheat, B.C. malted barley, natural botanicals and sustainable hand-harvested local winged kelp.

“It’s that kind of imagination and local ingredients that set us apart,” Jason said.

Sheringham is still a very young distillery, having just moved to Sooke this year after an initial three years at its site in Shirley.

“We’d sort of maxed out what we could do at our previous location and are very excited to be working here. Hopefully, we can up the production a little,” said Jason.

RELATED: That’s the spirit

The company is moving forward with a second brand of gin, called Kazuki, coming to shelves later this month.

Sheringham has also recently released Red Fife whiskey, a spirit that has already won the best in show at the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition.

Jason recounted how he came to distilling after a 23-year career as a professional chef.

“I have a long history with food and drink and have always had a burning curiosity in distillation,” he said.

That curiosity led him to construct his own still where, for several years, he experimented with flavours before deciding to move into a new career in distilling.

Alayne, his partner in the business, has a background in business administration, sales and marketing, so the couple is perfectly matched to continue what appears destined to be a very successful business.

“We use traditional distilling methods and B.C. grains to achieve a traditional and sustainable approach to production,” Alayne said.

“There’s something about the hand-crafted, artisanal approach that has really captured the imagination of consumers.”

With their move to their new location, the couple hopes to increase the current production rate of about 20,000 litres per year while still maintaining the high quality and local production values upon which the company was founded.

Sheringham boasts a tasting room at its Sooke location, 6731 West Coast Rd.



mailto:tim.collins@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Simon Keith undergoes second heart transplant

Former pro athlete turned transplant advocate gets another chance

Shoreline Middle School students pitch in to clean school trail

Needles and bags of garbage picked up over six-week period on View Royal trail

Saanich homeowner scares off cougar taking down deer in Cadboro Bay

Conservation officer Peter Pauwels does not expect the animal to make future appearances

VicPD help Esquimalt businesses avoid becoming victims of crime

Townhall meeting teaches businesses about safety and prevention

Peninsula skater scores personal best speeds to earn spot on Team BC

Kieran Brown heads for the Western Canadian Championships March 22 and 23

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you consider living in a tiny home?

Victoria is the latest Capital Region community to take a look at… Continue reading

Canada extends Iraq and Ukraine military missions to 2021 and 2022

Extension is part of efforts to curb Russian aggression and to fight against Islamic militants

WestJet suspends 2019 financial guidance after Boeing 737 Max grounded

The company has 13 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft grounded by regulators after the Ethiopian crash

B.C. poverty plan combines existing spending, housing programs

Target is to lift 140,000 people out of poverty from 2016 level

Avalanche warning issued for all B.C. mountains

Warm weather to increase avalanche risk: Avalanche Canada

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick retires

Jody Wilson-Raybould has accused Wernick of pressuring her to head off criminal charges for SNC-Lavalin

Temperature records dating back to 1947 broken in B.C.

The Squamish airport recorded the hottest temperature in the province (and Canada) on Sunday: 21.3 C

Most Read