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Okanagan distillery takes home 9 gold medals at renowned World Spirit Awards

A Kelowna based craft distillery took the distinction of "Distillery of the Year" and several other awards at an international spirits competition recently.

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery claimed 14 medals in total, including the rare honour of a double-gold for its Laird of Fintry Cask Strength Single-Malt Whisky.

"Not even in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we would sweep the podium with gold in each of the whisky categories, firmly establishing Western Canada's footing on the world stage," said Okanagan Spirits CEO Tyler Dyck.

The popular distillery also recently made headlines for its efforts to help flatten the curve and slow down the spread of COVID-19 by turning its focus to producing hand sanitizer.

“Our initial focus will be to try to help institutions such as care homes, shelters, community public health centers, and first responders (fire, police, ambulance), etc.” said a Facebook post from Okanagan Spirits.

“As soon as available, we will expand this initial release to an additional 1600 personal-format size sanitizers for our customers and local community members, free of charge.”

They may be free of charge, but the distillery is hoping that anyone who’s able to make a small donation will do so.

Every single dime of the proceeds will be donated to the Upper Room Mission in Vernon and the Kelowna Gospel Mission.



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