Canadian Whisky Awards 2012

February 20, 2013


Canadian Whisky Awards 2012 WINNERS!

Winners of the 3rd annual Canadian Whisky Awards as announced in Victoria B.C. on Thursday, January 17th, 2013.

Canadian Whisky of the Year: Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve (2012 edition)

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Domestic:  Gibson’s Finest 18 Year Old

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Export:  Canadian Rockies 21 Year Old

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Multi-market:  Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve

Sippin’ Whisky of the year – Domestic:  Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year – Export:  Masterson’s French Oak

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year – Multi-market:  Century Reserve Lot 15-25

Value Whisky of the Year:  Canada Gold

Flavoured Whisky of the Year – Domestic:  Gibson’s 100th Grey Cup Limited Edition

Flavoured Whisky of the Year Multi-market: Tap 357

Cream Whisky of the Year:  Forty Creek Cream

Gold Medals

Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve (2012 Edition)

Gibson’s Finest Rare 18 Years Old

Crown Royal Reserve

Crown Royal Black

Highwood Calgary Stampede 25

Masterson’s French Oak


Lot No. 40 (2012 Edition)

Wiser’s Legacy

Century Reserve Lot 15-25

Forty Creek Confederation Oak

Canadian Club Reserve

Forty Creek Cream

Gibson’s Finest 100th Grey Cup Limited Edition

Silver Medals

Wiser’s Small Batch

Still Waters 1+11

Alberta Premium Dark Horse

Canada Gold

Wiser’s 18 Year Old

Masterson’s American Oak

Wiser’s Deluxe

Canadian Club Sherry Cask

Pendleton 1910

Sortilege Maple Cream

White Owl Spiced


Tap 357

Sinfire Cinnamon Whisky

Bronze Medals

Pike Creek

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Crown Royal Limited Edition

Alberta Premium

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

Canadian Club Classic

Royal Canadian

Forty Creek Barrel Select

Sortilege Maple Cream

Crown Royal Deluxe

Canadian Rockies 21

Gibson’s Finest 12 Year Old

Seagram’s VO

Canadian 83

Gibson’s Finest Sterling

Caribou Crossing

Rich & Rare Reserve

Sortilege Prestige 7 year old

Sortilege Maple Whisky

Canadian Club Dock No. 57 Spiced

Crown Royal Maple

Wiser’s Spiced

Black Velvet Toasted Caramel

The Judges:  Johanne McInnis, New Brunswick, Jason Debly, New Brunswick, André Girard, Quebec, Mark Gillespie, USA, Kris Shoemaker, Ontario, Chip Dykstra, Alberta, Lawrence Graham, British Columbia, Davin de Kergommeaux, Ontario.

Canadian Whisky Awards 2010 are reported here.

Canadian Whisky Awards 2011 are reported here.


18 Responses to “Canadian Whisky Awards 2012”

  1. Blair Phillips:

    Great work judges! Congratulations to Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve and all the winners.

    • Leo:

      Blair Phillips, you should definitely be a judge! Your knowledge and passion would add a depth and dimension to these critiques that would be unrivalled by even the finest Canadian whisky.

      • Blair Phillips:

        Very flattered, but the Canadian Whisky Award judges represent the best in the business. These professionals play in an entirely different league and hit it out of the park this year.

  2. Jamie Betteridge:

    Exciting to see Port Wood #1, I wasn’t honestly expecting that.

    I am a bit unsure on how you have gold medals winners and whisky of the year award’s. I suppose I assumed if they won gold that kind of made them the whisky of the year in their category. Can you explain the awarding criteria in a bit more detail?

    Also, a few possible corrective notes. You list Lot No. 40, I assume this is the 2012 edition? As well, Sippin whisky of the year shows Century Reserve 15-21 is this supposed to be 15-25? Feel free to edit out the second half of this message if you update these.

    Great all around guys!

    • Davin:

      Hi Jamie,
      Thank you for these precisions and I have made the changes. I have been working long days for the past week and quite a few things have slipped through the cracks. I appreciate your eagle eyes.
      I am not going to get into the details of the awards methodology as that just feeds the trolls. The top scoring whisky in each of the domestic (Canada only), export (not available in Canada) and multi-market (available in Canada and abroad) were named connoisseur whisky of the year for that category. This was done because so many Canadian whiskies are either available just in Canada or not in Canada at all.
      I hope that helps.

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  4. Paul Leonard:

    Well chosen. I’m sure it was a challenging task with so many new products and a diverse faculty of judges.

    I admit some confusion with respect to Masterson’s though. I’m familiar with the 10-year old rye but not with the French Oak, American Oak or the single Masterson’s reference. The producer 35 Maple Street only refers to the 10-year old rye. Are these different batches?


    • Davin:

      Yes, these are single barrel bottlings available in select liquor stores.

  5. R. Murphy:

    Just a point of clarification, Davin: is Crown Royal Reserve the same as Crown Royal Special Reserve?

    • Davin:

      Yes, same whisky, different label.

  6. CBrown:

    Nice selections as usual! We’ve come a long way in the last couple of years and with the amazing choices in 2012 it really could have been a coin toss.
    My whisky of the year would have to be the Highwood Calgary Stampede 25 but any of three or four others could have easily made first place.
    Still waiting for the FC Copper Pot Reserve to show itself out West….

    Out of curiosity where did the Dark Horse fit in your categories? After all the spirited discussion I’m not sure if it didn’t end up in flavoured although if it did it should have handily beaten anything with maple syrup in it ;) It really is a nice sipper.

    My only eyebrow-raiser was the Cream Whisky category. Honestly, how many are there from Canada? I’m really wanting to try The Forty Creek but no sign here in B.C. and an email to the good folks in Ontario has gone unanswered.


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