Our Approach

UNCOMPROMISING


The distilling process itself is centuries old and truth be told, little has changed in the fundamentals since our forefathers established a Sleeman family distillery in Niagara in 1836.

What we’ve held on to dearly and embraced as a core value is complete devotion to being real. Call it authentic, call it approachable, call it what you will. When you engage with our people or our products you will experience the genuine expression of small-town values.

We take no short cuts at Spring Mill Distillery. Quite the opposite. Our processes involve a minimum of technological intervention and our materials were sourced from the finest producers of distilling equipment. From our copper stills to the barrels where our whisky will mature, we spared no effort to ensure that what we produce is of the highest standard possible.


ARTFULLY BUILT COPPER COLUMN STILLS PROVIDE OUR MASTER DISTILLER WITH A SYMPHONY OF OPPORTUNITY TO FINE TUNE THE PRODUCT.


The Stills


We knew that to honour the enduring spirit of our family, we had to find the finest equipment with which to build our new distillery. We understood that if we were to remain true to our commitment to use as little modern technology as possible in creating our spirits, we would need to travel back in time.

Our column and pot stills were manufactured specifically for us by Forsyths of Scotland. Forsyths’ stills are works of art and made in much the same way as when the company started in 1890. The stills are handcrafted and hand shaped. They are beautiful to look at and the product they produce has its own special character.


WE CAREFULLY SELECT THE BEST OAK, MAPLE AND CHERRY FROM A WOODLOT IN EASTERN ONTARIO TO CONSTRUCT MANY OF OUR BARRELS.


The Barrels


Much of the wood for our barrels is sourced from a woodlot in Eastern Ontario. We carefully select the best oak, maple and cherry to ensure that the spirits which will emerge in a few years are imbued with a genuine reflection of the Canadian terroir. The select barrels we manufacture on site will be reserved for our most special, unique spirits and offered to the most discerning whisky aficionados.

That, by no means, suggests that our other barrels are of a lower standard. We have a very special relationship with Kelvin Cooperage of Louisville, Kentucky. This cooperage provides the very finest barrels and in a labour-intensive manner they create vessels of the finest nature. Notably, Kelvin Cooperage is one of the few barrel manufacturers who still employ the ages old technique of charring the barrels over wood fires.

Regardless, when you experience Spring Mill Whisky (albeit not for a few years yet) you’ll sense the tradition and great care taken to age our spirits.


THE WASHBACKS ARE CONSTRUCTED OF DOUGLAS FIR SPECIALLY SELECTED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND BUILT BY JOSEPH BROWN VATS OF DUFFTOWN, SCOTLAND.


The Wooden Washbacks


With nearly 100 years of vat-building experience, our wooden washbacks were crafted by Joseph Brown Vats of Dufftown, Scotland. Hand-selected Douglas fir timber from the forests of British Columbia was shipped to the experts across the Atlantic. The washback is where all the alcohol that finds its way into our whisky is produced. Each contains 7,000 litres of fermenting wort. Once the wort is fermented it becomes wash. The wash, also known as beer, is distilled and the resulting liquid is placed in our casks for a minimum of 3 years at which time we will unveil Spring Mill Distillery Whisky.