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Black's Distillery in Kawarthas Northumberland - Photo by Justen Soule

For a different kind of grain-to-glass tasting experience, check out these two distilleries in Peterborough.

Inspired by his own heritage and the strong traditions of distilleries in Scotland, Robert Black created Black’s Distillery with the goal of crafting distinctly local spirits made from the most naturally pure ingredients available. Red Fife Wheat, a heritage grain first developed in Peterborough in the early 19th century, gives a buttery smooth character to their Gin and Heritage Vodka. They also have a White Rye and White Barley, and they work with seasonally available ingredients in small batches – their Black Currant Liqueur (using black currants from Popham Lane Farms) is downright delicious.

In the south-west end of Peterborough (close to Highway 115 & Highway 7), Persian Empire Spirits is North America’s largest manufacturer of yogurt soda (made with Ontario milk!) and they also produce a wide variety of delicious spirits, ranging from a triple distilled vodka, Feni, Arak Saggi, and Brandy, as well as a coffee liquor and a pomegranate liqueur.

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