TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2022 – This holiday season please join the Spirit of York as it invites Gooderham & Worts home to its historic roots in Toronto’s Distillery District. Excited to be “home”, Gooderham & Worts will reclaim its roots in the quaint 19th century buildings that once housed its large whisky distillery, making it the home of Canadian whisky during the Distillery Holiday Market. The move home beckons a new beginning for whisky aficionados seeking the perfect blend of pleasure, taste and old-world charm.
In 1837, Gooderham & Worts first produced whisky on this historic property. Before closing in the 1990s the site grew from 1 building to over 30, spanning 13 acres and produced approximately 2 million liters annually, equating to just over half of Canadian consumption requirements. During that time, it added Pike Creek and Lot No. 40 to its family of whiskies.
Distinct in character, Gooderham & Worts golden/amber whisky is a blend of corn, rye, wheat and barley and bottled at 44.4% ABV. Keeping up with Canadian whisky tradition, Gooderham & Worts keeps all its grains separate throughout the distillation and aging process. Which gives Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore, a blank canvas to create many different expressions of whisky.
Gooderham & Worts Four Grain was founded by William Gooderham and James Worts in 1832 in the town of York, which is now Toronto. It’s a truly complex Canadian whisky, with a majority amount of soft double-column distilled corn and an almost equal amount of once-column and pot distilled rye, along with some once-column and pot distilled wheat and barley. This creates a beautifully bold, complex, and balanced blend, starting off with warming notes of fresh baked bread, a touch of roasted nuts; the first taste delivers notes of sweet caramel and toffee, followed by warming rye spice and mature oak, with a subtle hint of green apple in the background. This whisky – being sweet, rich, full-bodied, and spicy – makes for a perfect sipper on its own. It’s also perfect in classic cocktails such as a warming and slightly bitter “Toronto” or a refreshing “Whisky Sour”.
In celebration of its return home for the holiday season, Gooderham & Worts and Spirit of York are inviting people to join in the festive celebrations during the Distillery District Holiday Market and to participate in tastings and Masterclasses that celebrate all the virtues of its whisky heritage.
Whisky tastings and Masterclasses will be hosted by leading Canadian whisky experts from Corby Spirit and Wine as well as Spirit of York:
Dave Mitton – Global Brand Ambassador Canadian Whisky, Corby Spirit and Wine Dave has a great passion when it comes to enlightening people about the history, production and of course the creation of cocktails with Canadian Whisky. He was a co-owner and operator of several well-known restaurants and bars in Toronto as well as the inaugural President of The Canadian Professional Bartenders Association, Ontario Chapter. His role allows him to keep up with his passion for traveling the world seeking out cocktail adventures, exploring new places and meeting the intriguing people who are behind them.
Colin MacDougall – National Brand Education Specialist & World Spirits Expert, Corby Spirit and Wine Colin is a well-respected member of the bar and beverage community having gained accreditation in WSET and CSS. He is a seasoned beverage program consultant, an award-winning cocktail menu architect and has been a familiar face behind the bar as manager at a number of prestigious restaurants on Canada’s Pacific Coast including Melbas on the Park, West, Pourhouse and Blue Water Café.
Simon Ho – President, Spirit of York Simon stepped into his role as the President of Spirit of York Distillery Co. to pursue his passion for spirits and the story telling which comes along with that. After spending almost two decades in the hospitality industry in every position from barback to owner, Simon is thrilled to be able to share his love for all things Spirit of York and its products.
Matt Driscoll – Master Distiller, Spirit of York Matt has worked as one of the few distillers’ in Toronto for almost a decade making some of the city’s most highly regarded spirits. From a beet spirit to the city’s only Genever, Matt has seen and done it all. As Spirit of York’s Master Distiller, he hopes to push the boundaries of what’s possible within the industry and raise the distillery’s — and all of Toronto’s — reputation and profile in distilling world-class spirits.
Established in 1832, Gooderham & Worts Whisky is one of Canada’s oldest continuously produced Canadian whiskies. Hiram Walker & Sons Limited currently produces it at its Windsor, Ontario distillery.
About Corby Spirit and Wine
Corby Spirit and Wine Limited is a leading Canadian marketer and distributor of spirits and imported wines. Corby’s portfolio of owned brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including J.P. Wiser’s®, Lot No. 40®, Pike Creek®, and Gooderham & Worts® Canadian whiskies as well as Lamb’s® rum, Polar Ice® vodka, McGuinness® liqueurs, and Ungava® gin. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., a global leader in the spirits and wine industry, Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal®, Aberlour® and The Glenlivet® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob’s Creek®, Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo®, and Kenwood® wines. In 2018, Corby was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada for the seventh consecutive year. Corby is a publicly traded company based in Toronto, Ontario, and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols CSW.A and CSW.B.