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April 10, 2017 - Saskatoon’s Black Fox Farm & Distillery, the family farm of Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote and John Cote and their four children, is proud to announce their first win at the World Gin Awards in London, England, for ‘Best Cask Gin’ with their Black Fox Barrel Aged Vapour Infused Dry Gin. This is also the first time a Canadian distiller has won a World Gin Award. 



Barb and John are local entrepreneurs and celebrated alumni of University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture, each in their own fields of specialization with both global experience and recognition. They’re proud to have created a unique business with a focus on both agriculture and tourism and are excited about contributing to the evolving craft distillery industry in Saskatchewan.  Their core values are based on their passion for the land, nature and connecting with people. 


“This gin is uniquely Canadian, using triticale, rhubarb, and flowers grown on our farm and produced right here, by us. It’s a farm-to-flask gin! Winning this award is great for our business, but I think it’s also recognition of how far craft alcohol producers have come in the province as a whole,” Cote said. “As producers, we’ve worked hard with government to establish a regulatory environment that fosters and encourages the production of quality products. Saskatchewan has the raw ingredients, the people and the spirit to develop a world class distilling industry.” 


Cask gin may also be referred to as oaked gin, it is darker in colour (like whisky or bourbon) because it has been in a barrel. This is a time-honoured method of finishing gin and is best used in turn of the century classic cocktails (such as a Negroni) or for sipping. Customers refer to it as their “summer scotch” or “winter gin”. 

Black Fox products are available at the distillery (see website for business hours), the Saskatoon and Regina Farmers Markets, select SLGA liquor stores, Sobey’s and the Saskatoon Co-Op.