Chief’s Son Distillery opened to the public in March 2019, but its whisky journey officially began in 2011. It all started when co-owner Stuart McIntosh purchased three bottles of whisky, each containing a ‘25 Words or Less’ promotional competition, with the best words winning a trip to tour the Scotland distillery industry. So while Stuart bought the whisky, it was actually his father who won the trip. When he returned, Stuart and his wife, Naomi, immediately starting making their own single malt whisky, progressing through a test bed distillery to a fully functioning commercial distillery four years ago. The rest is now history.
Stuart and Naomi have established a purpose-built small-batch distillery in Somerville from scratch and named it Chief’s Son Distillery — their surname literally means ‘son of the chief’. Their single malt whisky only uses the very best of artisan ingredients. They hand-select every barrel, employ vigorously high standards and use a manual distilling system. Their distillery truly represents the pinnacle of independent single malt whisky distilling while respecting this ancient craft.
They’re doing it a little differently with three base whiskies that they age separately in French oak ex-sherry barrels, compared with most distilleries that simply age one base spirit in different barrels. They’re a step ahead, that’s for sure and every drop is a nod to their ancestry.
“Whisky is such a powerful connector of people, families and generations,” said Stuart. “It reaches so far back to our ancestors and so far forward into our futures. Take the time to embrace life, to connect with those who matter and don’t regret. Our whisky is made to be shared between family and friends. To your health.”
Full of tales, the tasting room is where staff explain the Chief’s Son story, delve into how the whisky is made and detail how each whisky varies. It’s a chance to taste and talk and learn. For $10 a head, you’ll receive a guided tasting experience of some of the finest award-winning premium whisky. Having just won the only Brown Spirit Master, a Gold Medal for 900 Standard 60%abv and a Gold and Silver Medal for 900 Standard 45%abv in the World Whisky Masters’ Asia competition, you will not be disappointed.
The tasting room is situated overlooking the working distillery floor and barrel bond area so you can truly soak up the atmosphere. If a tour of the floor is up your alley, this can also be pre-arranged to add to your experience. Here you can touch the equipment, taste the whisky straight out of the barrels, and have a close look at the process.
The tasting room is open Wednesday and Thursday by appointment, and Friday to Sunday from 11am-4pm. Group bookings or tours for up to 20 people are available.
CHIEF’S SON DISTILLERY
A: 25/50 Guelph St, Somerville
T: 9013 0859