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Highwood Distillery History
Highwood Distillers Ltd is one of Canada’s few privately owned distilleries that produce a complete portfolio of fine spirits, premixes, and liqueurs for sale in Canada, the U.S, and overseas.
The distillery was founded in 1974 and originally operated under the name “Sunnyvale.” In 1984, it was renamed “Highwood Distillers” after the famous river and region that surrounds the distillery in the foothills of Western Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Until 1997, both the distillery and sales offices were located at the distillery in High River, Alberta. Today, the sales team operates out of Calgary, Alberta while the distillery continues to thrive and grow in High River.
In November of 2005, Highwood Distillers purchased Potter’s Distilleries, British Columbia’s distillery, and expanded their portfolio with over a dozen new established brands.
Ernie Potter founded the Potter’s Distillery back in 1958, which originally only bottled and sold liqueurs, However over the years expanded into spirits.
In 1962, Captain Harold Cameron Terry (Captain Terry) - who started his career at 14 as an Australian seaman- acquired Potter’s Distilleries. He made the company public and it was its CEO for 20 years. In 1990, production was moved from Langley to Kelowna, British Columbia where it remained until 2006.
During 2006-2007 the Highwood distillery has undergone major renovations with an expansion of a new 45,000 square foot warehouse.
Highwood Distillery Whisky Bottlings
Centennial 10-year-old Canadian Rye Whisky. 40% abv
A smoother richer rye whisky created by their master blender.
Crafted in small batches.
Highwood Canadian Rye Whisky 40%abv
Using the finest Canadian prairie rye and wheat. Highwood’s master distiller taps into the clean natural clean water of the Rockies to create this Canadian Spirit. The without any additives or colorants places the spirit in charred oak barrels where its flavour is enriched by the aging process.
Years later, when it is verified the flavour and body have mellowed to perfection, Highwood’s Canadian Rye Whisky is bottled for your enjoyment .
Potters Special Old Canadian Rye Whisky 40% abv
“Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience” So said one of the great minds of the 19th century. Today, Potter’s continues to be patient and just wait…. Wisely making their Special Old Canadian Rye Whisky memorably rich and flavourful.
Saskatchewan Wheatland Canadian Rye Whisky 40% abv
Canadian rye whisky salutes the province’s vast golden fields stretching across the horizon that are Canada’s “bread basket”
We hope both the keepers of the wheatland and all the people of the “land of the living skies” will enjoy this premium aged rye whisky.
Quartermaster’s Canadian Rye Whisky 40% abv
Distilled from the finest western prairie wheat and grains. Then aged in charred oak barrels for a minimum of three years before being blended and bottled in Canada for discriminating rye whisky drinkers around the world
Whisky notes kindly supplied by Highwood Distillers
114 – 10th Avenue S.E.
High River, Alberta,
(403) 652 3202
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