Merridale launches Cowichan Gin this weekend

Merridale Estate Cidery is launching its new Cowichan Gin, adding a craft spirits line to their products with two days of events on June 12 and 13.

The events will focus on foraging wild, edible foods – and on their new product, of course.

It’s a natural combination as over 20 wild and native botanicals foraged from around the Cowichan Valley have been used in the distillation process, resulting in what the family owned and operated company is calling a “truly terroir gin”.

Deciduous and coniferous trees, ground cover herbs and roots, and native berries have been sourced for the craft spirit.

The craft gin is infused using a combination of traditional gin techniques. The origin spirits are made entirely from fruits and aged in stainless steel tanks for more than three years to soften the finish.

As owner and distiller Rick Pipes says, “Gin provides a broad range of opportunity for the distiller to be creative, much like the process of our cider making. The Cowichan Valley offers a huge variety of botanicals that beg to be used in our Cowichan Gin.”

For more about the special events go to merridalecider. com or contact 1-800-998-9908 or