Published by: the Pictou Advocate Newspaper
Published on: March 30, 2016
By: Debbi Harvie
Original Link: Here
TRENTON – Nova Scotia Spirit Co. got the luck of the blue lobster last week when their Blue Lobster Vodka took home a gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
“This was our first competition,” explains Evan MacEachern who oversees day-to-day operations for the company. “It just so happens it is one of the biggest spirit competitions in the world and all three of our spirits that we have on the shelves was awarded recognition. It’s an indescribable feeling.”
For MacEachern, he says things just keep getting more exciting for Nova Scotia Spirit Co.
The Blue Lobster Vodka won gold, while the Willing to Learn Gin and Fisherman’s Helper White Rum both won silver medals.
“It’s closed judging by 39 judges that are industry-leading spirits experts from all over,” he explains. “In the span of four days they tasted more than 1,850 different spirits.”
The win was a huge plus for the brand which just began in October 2015.
“We produce spirits, of course we think are an exceptional product, or we wouldn’t have brought it to market, but we sent them (to the competition) because we wanted to see how they compared to other spirits in the world… It stands up, it’s proven to be a world-class product.”
MacEachern says it definitely puts some wind in their sails and confidence in their product.
The company has seen exponential growth on almost a weekly basis in terms of sales as well as the number of stores carrying their product.
Currently, Nova Scotia Spirit Co. products are on the shelves of 65 Nova Scotia Liquor Corp stores with hopes of reaching 75 stores in the very near future as well as in local private liquor stores as well.
Within the next six to eight weeks, Nova Scotia Spirit Co. will be on shelves at various New Brunswick Liquor stores and within a day of the win, were approached by a buyer to distribute their product in LCBOs in Ontario.
“The win helps buyers recognize the product and the quality of the product. At the end of the day, we want more bottles in people’s hands. This helps us expand into different markets.”
MacEachern notes that the company has grown so much that they have actually outgrown their current facility and are hoping to find a larger one still in the Pictou County area.
“Once we got our licensing, this building was appealing because of the size and because it was in Pictou County. Pictou County is phenomenal to work with to get zoning and it’s a great distribution hub for the province, it’s very central.”
Nova Scotia Spirits Co. has a few new batches in the hopper and all MacEachern will say is that the next product to hit shelves will be espresso based.