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Local and Organic Alcohol Gift Ideas: The Pemberton Distillery Masters Handcrafted Spirits
Eight years ago, Tyler Schramm walked alongside his brother through the potato fields of the Pemberton Valley. It was a fine summer day and Tyler was imagining his future. He envisioned farmers’ fields, wide valley vistas, gourmet foodies and the picturesque Mt. Currie. Tyler was determined to convert the abundant potato fields into local, organic potato vodka.
After completing a Masters thesis in potato vodka distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tyler had created the original recipe for Schramm Vodka. Since the inception of this vodka, the Pemberton Distillery has been thriving and expanding...and Tyler is living his dream.
I was happy to have the opportunity to meet Tyler Schramm, explore the Pemberton Distillery and sample local organic spirits. Tyler has created fantastic handcrafted products that I am proud to feature in my local artisan gift boxes.
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Exceptional and Award Winning Spirits
Pemberton is home to potatoes...A LOT of potatoes. Grocery stories have stacks of the tasty vegetable, whole, round perfect potatoes waiting to make it home and onto the dinner table. Not all potatoes are created equal. Lots of them are odd shapes, small and become waste for farmers who can’t sell them to market. Long gone are the days when these lonely potatoes lay waste in the field, they now find a new home at the distillery where they become the main ingredient in Schramm Organic Vodka.
Why not make good use the quirky shaped organic potatoes as ingredients for unique vodka spirits? It’s a great way to add some unique personality. Using certified organic Pemberton potaoes, a mixture of Yukon Gold, Red, Russet, Purple Russian and German Butter, Tyler uses a special blend to create a signature profile for the Schramm taste.
In addition to being local, organic and full of heart, Schramm Vodka creates a unique experience for your palette. Most vodka is made from rye and has a fairly predictable flavour. Vodka made from potatoes has a unique taste which Tyler has utilized for Schramm. This blended spirit is gently charcoal filtered to maximize purity while maintaining the smooth and rich earthy character of the Pemberton potato.
Since the Pemberton Distillery is located within the Coast Mountains, they are blessed with pristine glacial streams that provide pure mountain water to blend into Schramm Vodka. When you take a sip, it elicits the visceral experience of standing on a mountain and breathing in crisp freshness. It is no surprise that Tyler Schramm’s mastery is award-winning and critically acclaimed.
Local Living Economy
As the Pemberton Distillery thrives and expands, they continue to deepen their local connection. It has been a great pleasure to have their products featured at LOCO events here in Vancouver BC. From the Raspberry Vodka truffles by the Blackbird Bakery, to the Sweet Vodka Mustard by The Food Lovers, Schramm vodka is pickling Pemberton from the inside out.
Since mastering the art of potato vodka, Tyler has expanded to the realm of gin and whiskey. The Pemberton Distillery has incorporated 8 Certified Organic Herbs & Botanicals in Schramm Gin. The Pemberton Distillery is the only distillery in Canada that produces gin from a base spirit that is handcrafted. This means that they control the quality of our Gin throughout its entire production. This handcrafted process is also aligned with the tradition of London Dry Gin. There is no added sugar or colouring to the spirit following distillation.
Waiting for the Whiskey!
In the summer of 2010 the Pemberton Distillery filled their first barrels of single malt whiskey. Yes, it’s true, in 3 years we’ll see the first release of this precious beverage and have a local option for the whiskey fan. I think Tyler et al. are on to something! Please stay tuned for more updates.