Six Cats Distillery is named after the cats that moved in uninvited to my flat one day in the Middle East. There are many street cats there that have very hard lives trying to find food and remain safe from traffic and stray dogs. Over time a few of them started visiting the flat. There was a big orange Tabby that bullied all the other cats. There was also a very little female who appeared very fat, that found respite from the bully by sleeping on some Toronto Maple Leaf hockey socks in the living room.
Six Cats Distillery intends to offer unique spirits that are created for individual neighbourhoods in BC, using fruit from those same neighbourhoods. Customers will be able to purchase whiskey, gin, and fruit brandies that are intimately tied to their own locales - as well as for other locations if they desire. The brandies will be created only from fruit, while the whiskey and gin will be made from corn with small amounts of local fruit alcohol added to create unique flavours.
A great deal of fruit in BC neighbourhoods is never eaten, and falls to the ground where it rots. Instead, by collecting this fruit and sending it to the distillery, customers will be able to have their own unique spirits that reflect their own properties and their own tastes.
Calvados de Claire, Sophie’s Sloe Gin, Berlioz’s Bourbon, Fluffy Vodka, Ponio’s Limoncello and Patapouf Brandy.
A marked lack of industrial property available for lease throughout British Columbia has led Six Cats Distillery to a unique solution for its location: an old hotel on Vancouver Island that has been for sale for many years without any serious offers. Six Cats plans to redevelop the hotel into a distillery on one side, with commercial and residential spaces on the other.
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