Canadian Whisky Awards 2013 Winners

January 17, 2014


VICTORIA, Jan. 16, 2014 – A whisky that was first distilled seven generations ago is the best Canadian whisky in the world. That’s the verdict of nine independent whisky experts who named Corby’s Lot No. 40 the Canadian Whisky of the Year Award at the fourth annual Canadian Whisky Awards. Results of the annual blind tasting competition were announced Thursday evening at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C.

Today, Lot No. 40 is distilled at Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario from a 100% rye grain recipe developed in the 19th century by Canadian pioneer distiller, Joshua Booth. In announcing the awards, Chairman of the Judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, called Lot No. 40 “The very essence of what rye whisky is all about.”

Other top winners include Alberta Premium Dark Horse, Forty Creek Heart of Gold, Masterson’s Straight Rye Whiskey, Wiser’s Red Letter, and Crown Royal Black.

“Interest in Canadian whisky is growing tremendously,” said de Kergommeaux as he introduced the winners. “Export sales of Canadian whisky world-wide were up by nearly 25% in 2013, and the upward trend continues. Canadian whisky producers are stepping up to the plate with new high-end releases. More small batch and top-end deluxe whiskies are available now than ever before.”

Demographics are shifting too. Women now make up 29% of Canadian whisky drinkers and the under thirty-five millennial generation consumes over 45% of the Canadian whisky sold. And while 54% of Canadian whisky is used for cocktails, 46% is sipped just as it comes from the bottle.

As well, sales of flavoured whisky doubled in 2013 with Forty Creek, Wiser’s, Sortilège, and Spice Box seeing exceptional growth.

Here is a complete list of this year’s winning whiskies:

Whisky of the Year – Lot No. 40

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Best New Whisky – Forty Creek Heart of Gold

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Domestic Market – Alberta Premium Dark Horse

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Multi Market – Lot No. 40

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Domestic Market – Last Mountain Private Reserve

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Export Market – Canadian Rockies 10 Years Old

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Multi Market – Royal Canadian

Whisky Value of the Year Domestic Market – Canada Gold

Whisky Value of the Year Multi Market – Canadian 83

Award of Excellence Canadian Whisky Profile – John K. Hall Forty Creek Distillery

Award of Excellence New Distillery of the Year – Still Waters – to acknowledge the release of Stalk & Barrel – the first Canadian micro-distilled single malt whisky in recent years.

Award of Excellence – Innovation 35 Maple Street for the release of Masterson’s 100% wheat and 100% barley whiskies.

Award of Excellence Line Extension Kruger/Mondia for Spicebox Pumpkin Spiced Whisky

Flavoured Whisky of the Year Domestic Market – Forty Creek Cream

Flavoured Whisky of the Year Export Market – Wiser’s Spiced No. 5

Flavoured Whisky of the Year Multi Market – Crown Royal Maple

Award of Excellence Flavoured Whisky of the Year – Forty Creek Cream

Gold medals:
Lot No. 40
Forty Creek Heart of Gold
Alberta Premium Dark Horse
Masterson’s 10-year-old Straight Rye Whiskey
Wiser’s Red Letter
Crown Royal Black
Wiser’s Legacy
Masterson’s 12-year-old Straight Wheat Whiskey
Forty Creek Cream
Sortilège Maple Cream

Silver Medals
Wiser’s 18
Royal Canadian
Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve
Crown Royal Limited Edition
Canadian Club Classic 12
Highwood Ninety 20 Year Old
Wiser’s Small Batch
Wiser’s Deluxe
Pike Creek 10 Year Old
Crown Royal Cask 16
Rich & Rare Reserve
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve
Crown Royal Reserve
Canadian Rockies Ten
Caribou Crossing
Last Mountain Private Reserve
Canada Gold
Forty Creek Copper Pot
Gibson’s Finest Rare 18 year old
Canadian 83
Pike Creek NAS
Legacy Small Batch
Canadian Club Sherry Cask
Crown Royal DeLuxe
Canadian Club Reserve Triple Aged
Masterson’s 10-year-0ld Straight Barley
Sortilège Prestige 7 years old
JP Wiser’s Spiced No. 5 (US)
Crown Royal Maple Finished
Centennial Spiced
Spicebox Pumpkin Spiced Whisky
Spicebox Spiced Whisky

Bronze medals
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Stalk & Barrel single malt Cask 8
Canadian Club Premium
Highwood 15/25
Collingwood Canadian Whisky
Ninety 5 Year Old
J.P. Wiser’s Rye
Alberta Premium
Gibson’s Finest 12 Years
Gibson’s Finest Sterling
Seagram’s VO
Last Mountain
Spicebox Cinnamon Whisky
Tap 357
Wiser’s Spiced Whisky (Canada)

About the Canadian Whisky Awards

The Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the very best Canadian whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest standards for making whisky. To qualify, whiskies must be distilled and matured in Canada. An independent panel of whisky writers, bloggers, and journalists selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind. Operated on a not-for-profit basis, the Canadian Whisky Awards are fully independent of the Canadian whisky industry.

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

Canadian Whisky Awards 2010 are reported here. http://www.canadianwhisky.org/news-views/canadian-whisky-awards-2010.html

Canadian Whisky Awards 2011 are reported here. http://www.canadianwhisky.org/news-views/canadian-whisky-awards-2011.html

Canadian Whisky Awards 2012 are reported here. http://www.canadianwhisky.org/news-views/canadian-whisky-awards-2012.html


10 Responses to “Canadian Whisky Awards 2013 Winners”

  1. Greg:

    Great awards as always.

    I completely agree with your choice of Whisky of the Year, although depending on my mood I could see the award going to Wiser’s Legacy as well. Heart of Gold, while still amazing, felt like it wasn’t quite as good as the previous few special releases.

    I must say though, I’m really surprised by how few gold medals were given out and how many of the giants got knocked down to silver medals.(Gibson’s 18, Forty Creek Confederation Oak, CR Reserve, Ninety 20)

  2. Craig:

    Crown Royal Black winning gold is bizarre to me. I’ve only ever found it to be incrementally better than the abominable Crown Royal flagship product.

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  4. Paul:

    I’m curious, what is eligible for the “Sippin’ Whisky” category? Do the Connoisseur/Sippin’/Value categories represent limits on product cost? Or is a “Sippin’ whisky” a type of taste that the judges look for?

    Thanks for these awards! The results are interesting and make a great ‘to do’ list of products to try.

    • Davin:

      Hi Paul, Good question. Sippin’ Whiskies are the at the middle of the price range. It varies from brand to brand.

  5. Mel Cavazos:

    What are the annual consumption statistics for 40 Creek Whiskey?

    • Davin:

      I don’t have data on individual distilleries. I think they all like to keep that private.

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