By Scott Campbell
In the heart of Port Williams – tucked in behind the Port Pub – on a little side road – on your way to Starr’s Point, is the Barrelling Tide Distillery. Don’t let the unassuming location sway you though. This brand new distillery is producing some of the boldest flavours around. I was able to have a tour last week and found myself thrilled by the caliber of the professionalism and elegance evident in this small distilling operation. Owners, Russell and Colleen Murphy have gone above and beyond with this project and have created one of the most impressive distilleries in the province. They are an independent craft distillery that supports local, using quality grown ingredients – much from here in the Valley. The resulting distilled product is nothing short of amazing.
I took advantage of the tasting and quickly realized I was going to have a hard time deciding on a favourite. They feature a selection of liqueurs – haskap, cherry, and cranberry – that are all delicious and any one of them would be a fantastic summer treat just served over ice or ice cream. They also feature a gin which, if you enjoy a gin and tonic on the patio on a hot day, you need to try this one. The flavour is unique with fantastic citrus scents. If I had to pick a favourite I think I would go for the Tidal Run Unaged Molasses Spirit. This is similar to rum (only not cask aged) and has an enticing butterscotch aroma and unexpected smoothness. It would be fantastic in a refreshing Cuba Libré. If you have a chance, check out this new gem in Port Williams. You won’t be disappointed. Cheers.