Our Sean Leslie dropped into the Odd Society Distillery on East Powell Street to learn more about the local business, and to sample some of the wares.
He met up with Founder and Distiller Gordon Glanz. They make a variety of spirits including vodka, gin, and oaken gin, a blackcurent liquor called Creme de Cassis. They are also making whiskey but it has to be in an oak barrel for three-and-a-half years, according to Canadian regulations, so it’s got another year or so to go.
Glanz started distilling in high school. He borrowed his mom’s water distiller.
“In high school, yeh, made a few friends that way.”
But Glanz says he got serious about it in 2009 when he went to Scotland to complete a Masters degree in Brewing and Distilling.
“That’s actually where I met our other distiller Josh Beach. He was doing the same program, so he and I got to know each other and he eventually came over and joined me here.”
Odd Society takes traditional recipes and puts a new spin on it. The distillery has a beautiful lounge in the front and Odd Society bartender Kylie Bartlett develops unique cocktail recipes.
Sangria with a twist
While Sean was visiting, Bartlett mixed up a pitcher of “Not Your Mama’s Sangria” for him to sample.
“We use a local wine, a Noisy Nieghbour White, we use a sage syrup as well. Then we use our Wallflower gin, which is sort of based on florals and it’s elderflower, rose petal and lavender. Very floral and refreshing,but has a nice sweetness and a bit of spice to it as well. So we’re mixing all that up with some fresh blackberries, some orange slices and mint. And we’re going to top it with tonic so it’s really just a refreshing lovely afternoon drink.”
Needless to say, the sangria was delicious.