GIMLI

Distillery
Founded in 1968
The Gimli Distillery is a production monster. It is definitely NOT a quaint, picturesque craft shop. This place means business, producing upwards of 1000 barrels of spirit per day — that’s 53,000 gallons of Whiskey per day, or nearly 97 million bottles per year.

There are forty-six storage warehouses with a continual stock of 1.4 million barrels. Just think about that for a moment. 90% of the production goes into Crown Royal — one of the most popular brands of Canadian Whisky made today. This is why the facility is sometimes called the “Crown Royal Gimli Distillery.”

But quality is strictly maintained. A recent release of Crown Royal — the Northern Harvest Rye — was named World Whisky of the Year.

The distillery was opened in 1968, and has undergone several expansions, remodels, and automation improvements over the years. The entire operation is owned and operated by industry giant Diageo.

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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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What does Gimli taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Gimli Canadian Whiskey. It's based on all Gimli drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Gimli before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    Canada
  • Established
    1968
  • Owner
    Diageo
  • Visitor Center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Distillery Road, Gimli, Manitoba R0C 1B0
  • Phone
    +1 204-642-5123
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When Queen Elisabeth visited Canada in 1939, Segrams -- then owner -- created the Royal Crown brand as a tribute to that visit.

The brand was only available in Canada until 1964. 

The area around Gimli was settled by immigrants from Iceland, who had had enough of the earthquakes and volcanos in their homeland. In Icelandic, "Gimli" means "safe from hellfire."
Video from Gimli
Video transcription
Right now, we're in one of 46 warehouses on the Diageo Plant site. In these warehouses, we age Whisky for use in both Crown Royal and V.O.

What you're smelling in this warehouse is actually aging Alcohol. Part of the aging process is what we call 'breathing', or it's essentially evaporation of Whisky in and out of the barrel. As the barrel breathes, it pulls the Alcohol in and out of the wood, and what that does is, that's what's giving the Whisky its aging and its gentle maturation process.

We have approximately 1.4 million casks in all our warehouses on site for the aging process of Whisky.

One of the fun things that we do do, is after a tour, it's quite a fun little process for people to get back, to come in, and write their name on a barrel, and feel like they participated in the whole process.

Yes, this is the only place in the world that Crown Royal is actually produced today. People are genuinely surprised to find out that Crown Royal is produced here in Gimli, and it's just a wonderful place to be.

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