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Specialty Spirits

Some Unfortunate News…

Changes have come to Specialty Spirits effective November 1st, 2021.  Please have a read of the full bulletin below…  

If you have ANY questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact us.  We are in the process of deciding what do to for our next steps, so please keep watching this website and our social media for updates.

 

Ontario, Canada

That’s the question that started it all.

What if we started a business that imported spirits you couldn’t get at the LCBO.  Whisky Quarterly Ontario started with a “What if…”.  The point of WQO was to be a totally transparent, play-by-the-rules-and regulations company. Three years later, we brought forth a new name – Specialty Spirits – that truly reflects what we’re all about, and terrific relationships with our membership, distillery, and venue partners.

We also arrived at a crossroad about Specialty Spirits’ future.

The pandemic didn’t cause it. Granted, that didn’t help but we felt we were overcoming that. No, the rules that we followed fully and transparently since day one have been changed. We didn’t change them; the LCBO did. These rules, simply put, make it extremely difficult for small spirit importers, like Specialty Spirits, to operate in Ontario.

Continuing under the burdensome weight of the new rules instituted by the LCBO has made moving forward near impossible for Specialty Spirits.  That is why, effective November 1, 2021 we will be ceasing operations.  There’s no other way of saying other than: “This really sucks!” We’re truly heartbroken as a team.

We started WQO/Specialty Spirits to fill a demand for hard-to-come-by spirits.  Sadly, the LCBO’s decision to seemingly penalize small producers and independent agents will now make that search even harder.

So, what does this mean?

Your paid membership will be cancelled effective November 1. We will be in touch if:

  • If you have purchased your membership within the last 30 days, you will receive a full refund.
  • All other Memberships purchased or renewed from May 1, 2021 on, will receive a prorated reimbursement.
  • If you have a credit balance with Specialty Spirits, you will be reimbursed for that as well.

If you have an order that had been triggered, from Two Brewers or Devine Distillery, you will receive it. Those orders are still on their way to Ontario and we will contact you when they arrive in the Province.

Cheers, and my very best,
Brendan, founder of Specialty Spirits