Craft Spirits Made With Truly Unique Water
We at Niagara Falls Craft Distillers are proud of our small-batch spirits and the beautiful region we live, work and play in. As an Ontario craft producer of alcohol, we cherish the natural wonder of the Niagara region and rely on the unique Niagara Falls water that gives our beverages that very special touch. We use the same water that creates the roar and mist of the Falls, which originates from the largest freshwater ecosystem on Earth.
But where does the water we use in our drinks actually come from? From the Great Lakes, or, more specifically, the Niagara River, which carries all the water from Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron down into Lake Ontario. This is the world’s largest surface freshwater system in the world, containing about 18 percent of the world’s supply. The water from the Great Lakes finally flows into the St. Lawrence River and from there into the Atlantic Ocean. Water always flows down to the sea, and the land slopes downward through the Great Lakes Basin from west to east, but the Niagara River actually flows north. It runs a total of 58 kilometres from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario with the most spectacular views at Niagara Falls.
There, the elevation is 57 metres at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, but maybe you have heard that Niagara Falls actually consists of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, which ware right next to the American Falls and of course the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Niagara Falls is not the tallest waterfall in the world – it’s the combination of height and volume that makes Niagara Falls so breathtaking.
The startling green colour of the water is a visible tribute to the erosive power of water. An estimated 60 tons of dissolved minerals are swept over Niagara Falls every minute. The colour comes from the dissolved salts and “rock flour,” very finely ground rock, picked up primarily from the limestone bed but probably also from the shales and sandstones under the limestone cap at the falls.
Fossil Water For A Smooth Canadian Whisky
Today, less than one percent of the water of the Great Lakes is renewable on an annual basis (precipitation and groundwater). The rest is a legacy from the last ice age, or “fossil” water.
This fossil water has been filtered through limestone, which gives our products their distinct smooth finish. It comes as no surprise that Niagara Falls sits on the same limestone basin as Kentucky, where world-renowned Bourbon distillers have been using limestone filtered water for centuries to create their famous, smooth whiskies.
We are very grateful not only to witness the magic of Niagara Falls but to use this wonder in every bottle. Please raise a glass with us – to the world’s spectacular waterfalls and the magnificent beauty of the Niagara region!
with material from Niagara Parks