And the winner is – Canadian Whisky

January 18, 2013



Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

Best Spirits Book

28 Novembre, 2012 (Madrid, Spain.)
Edouard Cointreau, President of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, today announced that Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, written by Canadian author, Davin de Kergommeaux has been awarded Best Spirits Book of 2012 for Canada.

The book now goes on to compete against winners from other countries for The Best in the World award. Results will be announced at 8:00 PM on Saturday February 23, 2013 at the annual Gourmand Book Awards Gala. An awards ceremony is to be held in Paris in the 1,400-seat theatre at Le Carrousel du Louvre, under the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum. This event, held annually, is part of the Paris Cookbook Fair, which this year runs from Friday, February 22, to Sunday 24, 2013.

Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert was published in hardcover on May 8, 2012, by McClelland and Stewart. Established in 1906, McClelland & Stewart is one of Canada’s most revered trade book publishing houses, whose internationally acclaimed authors include such notable Canadians as Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Rohinton Mistry, Farley Mowat and Michael Ondaatje.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Gala event draws a huge international presence, with books from 171 countries competing. It is the only sector of book publishing that benefits from such an Awards event involving so many countries.

Information will be available on the Gourmand World Cook Book Awards website as it becomes available.


18 Responses to “And the winner is – Canadian Whisky”

  1. CBrown:

    Congratulations Davin! Well deserved.

    Anyone who uses the description: “Three year-old all-rye-grain whisky races around on your palate like a puppy with a toy.” gets my vote!

    • Davin:

      Very much appreciated – thanks.

  2. Congratulations, Davin! You are such a champion for Canadian Whisky and it’s a thrill to see that your passion and dedication is being recognized internationally. Kudos!

    • Davin:

      Thank you Liz.

  3. Tim:

    Congrats Davin. You are a true Canadian.

  4. Scott:

    Congratulations and good luck in the rest of the competition. Thank you so much for showing everyone that rich history and flavours can be found right in our own backyard.

  5. Heartfelt Congratulations Davin

    I believe you already know how much I liked your book, “Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert”, and I am thrilled that others appear to have loved it as much as I. As enjoyable as this book is, meeting you earlier this fall and sharing some Tequila and some Guyanese Whisky with you on my back deck was even better.

    Have a great Holiday Season!!

    • Davin:

      Thanks Chip,
      Yes, I had a great afternoon tasting your stash, then a much appreciated home-cooked meal with your family, and topped it off with 50-year-old rum with the Rum Chums. Thanks too, for your kind words about my book. Davin

  6. Igor Kossov:

    Well done Davin!!!
    For me no surprise here!!!

  7. paddockjudge:

    Congratulations on your magnificent accomplishment.
    The knowledge which you have shared through your book has enlightened whisky enthusiasts at home and abroad.
    You are now poised to compete on the international stage at a venue that is itself synonymous with knowledge and enlightenment, how very apropos.
    Bravo Davin!

  8. Rob:

    Congratulations Davin. You deserve it!

  9. Congrats Davin
    Any idea if the “Albert Spring Whisk(e)y” is available in Europe?

    • Davin:

      Thank you Jean, As far as I know Alberta Springs is in Canada only.

  10. James:

    Congratulations on the award!
    I just finished your book tonight, the award is well deserved. I look forward to meeting you at a Whisky event in the future! When is the next book to be released?

    Keep up the good work.

    • Davin:

      Thanks James. The new one is a couple of years down the road.

  11. Charles Arsenault:

    Congratulations Davin!

    I went out yesterday to do a bit of Christmas shopping and as I was picking up some books for my mom and my wife, I spotted your book. Once home I handed this book to my wife and said that she can wrap this up for me and stick it under the tree. LOL

    • Davin:


  12. Charles Arsenault:

    While I’m new to whisky, I oddly started out with Scotch, some of it being pretty pricey. For no good reason, I thought that maybe Canadian whisky would be inferior.

    If I can find a bunch of Canadian whiskies that I like, I’m sure that I’ll also enjoy the cost savings as they are much more reasonably priced then a lot of good single-malt Scotch whiskies.

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