A Saskatchewan farmer has won a major award at the World Gin Competition in London, England.
Saskatoon’s Black Fox Farm and Distillery owner John Cote has won the Best Cask Gin Award.
“You know, I think right now we’ve been a little overwhelmed with the response on this,” said Cote. “I think we’re sold out of this product on the wholesale side and we’re taking orders into August already. So, I have a feeling our summer is going to be busy.”
Cote grows 90-percent of the ingredients used in the award-winning gin, which includes triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye grain.
“We combine juniper berries with it,” said Cote. “So we’re growing prairie-type things like chokecherries and rhubarb and calendula flowers. All these different ingredients make it something spectacular.”
Cote says his distillery is one of the few in Canada which grows most of their own grain and other ingredients to produce liquor.