Canadian Whisky Awards 2015 – Best In The World

January 20, 2016


Canadian Whisky Awards 2015

The best Canadian Whisky in the World

VICTORIA, Jan. 15, 2016 The jury has decided. A whisky distilled in Windsor, Ontario, is the best Canadian whisky of 2015.  A panel of ten independent whisky experts named Lot No. 40 the Canadian Whisky of the Year at the sixth annual Canadian Whisky Awards. They announced the results of this annual blind tasting competition Thursday evening, January 14, at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C.

Chairman of the judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, described Lot No. 40 as: “A rye whisky sensation. Interest in rye is surging globally and here is proof that Canada makes the best all-rye whiskies in the world.”

Other top winners include Canadian Club 100% Rye, Gooderham & Worts, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel, and Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Rye.

“Canada’s whisky makers have responded to skyrocketing interest in Canadian whisky with a wealth of new high-end releases,” said de Kergommeaux as he revealed the winners. “For example, for the first time ever, a major legacy brand, Crown Royal, has bottled single barrel Canadian whisky at high proof.”

Canadian distillers released more small-batch and luxury whiskies in 2015, than ever before. Corby Distillers, for instance introduced four new whiskies including the highly innovative Wiser’s Hopped Whisky.

Forty Creek, Centennial, and Sortilège continued to maintain a strong presence for flavoured whiskies as well.

The Winners:

Canadian Whisky of the Year – Lot No. 40

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year – Canadian Club 100% Rye

Award of Excellence – Best New Whisky – Gooderham & Worts
Award of Excellence – Innovation – Wiser’s Hopped Whisky
Award of Excellence – Canadian Whisky Profile – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
Award of Excellence – Line Extension – Canadian Rockies 21
Award of Excellence – Artisinal Distillery of the Year – Still Waters
Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Domestic – Gooderham & Worts
Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Export – Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel
Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Multi-market – Lot No. 40
Sippin’ Whisky of the Year – Domestic market – Canadian Club 100% Rye
Sippin’ Whisky of the year – Export – Crown Royal XO
Sippin’Whisky of the Year – Multi-market – Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve
Value Whisky of the Year – Domestic – Alberta Premium
Value Whisky of the Year – Export – Canadian Mist
Value Whisky of the Year – Multi-market – Highwood Canadian Rye Whisky
Flavoured whisky of the year – Domestic market – Forty Creek Cream
Flavoured whisky of the year – Multi-market – Sortilege Maple Cream

Gold medals
Canadian Club 100% Rye 40%
Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel 51.5%
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye 45%
Gooderham & Worts Blend A.A1129 44.4%
Lot No. 40 43%
Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey 45%

Silver Medals
Alberta Premium Dark Horse 45%
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky 40%
Crown Royal Black 45%
Crown Royal Reserve 40%
Crown Royal XO 40%
Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve Lot 1867-F 40%
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve 43%
J.P. Wiser’s Hopped Whisky 40%
J.P. Wiser’s Legacy 45%
J.P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel 40%
Last Mountain Private Reserve 40%
Pike Creek (Export version) 40%
Stalk & Barrel Rye Whisky Cask 49 46%

Bronze Medals
Alberta Premium 40%
Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12 Lot C12-014 40%
Canadian Mist 40%
Canadian Rockies 21 Batch 001 46%
Collingwood 40%
Crown Royal Fine Deluxe 40%
Crown Royal XR LaSalle 40%
Forty Creek Barrel Select 40%
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Lot 258 40%
Forty Creek Three Grain Harmony 2015 43%
Highwood Canadian Rye Whisky 40%
J.P. Wiser’s 18 Years Old 40%
J.P. Wiser’s Deluxe 40%
J.P. Wiser’s Double Still Rye 43.4%
J.P. Wiser’s Rye 40%
Last Mountain Canadian Whisky 40%
Legacy Small Batch 40%
Ninety 5 Year Old 45%
Pendleton Midnight 45%
Pike Creek 10 Year Old 40%
R&R Reserve Rich & Rare 40%
Royal Canadian Small Batch 40%
Stalk & Barrel Single Malt Cask 52 46%

Flavoured Whisky Gold Medals
Ceili’s Irish Cream
Centennial Dark Chocolate
Forty Creek Cream
J.P. Wiser’s Hopped Whisky
Sortilege Maple Cream

Flavoured Whisky Silver Medals
Canadian Club Chairman’s Select Maple
Crown Royal Regal Apple
Sortilege Prestige 7 year old Canadian Whisky with Maple Syrup
Spicebox Chocolate Spiced Whisky
Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky

Flavoured Whisky Bronze Medala
Forty Creek Spike
J. P. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky No 5
Sortilege Liqueur of Whisky and Maple Syrup
Spicebox Gingerbread
Spicebox Pumpkin
Spicebox Spiced Whisky

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, the whisky 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: Jason Hambrey, Ontario; Mike Brisebois, Ontario; Shawn Soole, British Columbia; Davin de Kergommeaux, Ontario; Ryan Engen, Alberta; Mark Gillespie, USA; André Girard, Quebec; Johanne McInnis, New Brunswick; Blair Phillips, Ontario; Kris Shoemaker, Ontario.

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20 Responses to “Canadian Whisky Awards 2015 – Best In The World”

  1. A job well done by the panel. I have a great respect for the time and effort the judges have to put into this mammoth task. It would be difficult to argue with most of these selections and some folks will agree to disagree.
    Personally, I was a bit surprised to see Forty Creek Harmony and Dark Horse not in the top medal spot. Judging this many whiskies is not an easy job. Great to see the skyrocketing interest in Canadian whiskies, especially given the fact that they are very affordable and readily available to most whisky drinkers in Canada.

    • Davin:

      Thank you Frank. There were a lot of really great whiskies entered and it was a dog fight for to spots.

  2. Malt Monk:

    Fantastic List of Stellar Canadian whiskies…Congrats to the judges—Well Done..!..Sometimes with all these products–it’s the ones that are not on the list that surprise us!…two questions: was Wiser’s Red Letter in the tasting?…and Do you know when Masterson’s Rye will be available in Canada–(lcbo)..?

    • Davin:

      Thanks for your comments. Wrt Red Letter, we only talk about whiskies that were entered and won a medal. Some producers do not send all their whiskies.

  3. I’m curious about how the scoring and ranking works. Are judges asked to use a 100 point scale and whiskies are awarded medals according to their total scores across all judges? Are there a finite number of each medal to award so some whiskies get bumped down by default even though they score well?

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  5. Congratulations to all of the distilleries. I look forward to hunting some of these down.

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  11. Tanner:

    Where will the 2016 Awards be held???

    • Davin:

      Grand Pacific Hotel, Victoria.

  12. Jay:

    Where’s Gibson’s Finest?

  13. Joshua Wald:

    I am relatively new to Canadian whiskey and these awards helped me choose whiskeys to try and
    I have not been disappointing! Lot 40 and Canadian club 100% rye especially are now a must have for my home bar. I Can’t wait for this years winners to be announced.

  14. One sip of Lot40 reminds me why it deserves the Gold Medal. It is superior to Northern Harvest Rye.
    But CC 100% rye whiskey is just Alberta Premium with a higher price tag and bottled in Windsor. Do you mean to tell me that that trip across Canada changes the character that much or is there more to it.

    • Davin:

      Yes, Lot 40 is great whisky and so is Northern Harvest Rye. Tasted blind most people love both.
      Canadian Club 100% Rye bears no resemblance at all to Alberta Premium. CC is rich and robust loaded with rye notes while Alberta Premium has almost all the rye notes distilled out. CC is rich and luscious, AP is crisp, clean and elegant. Try them head to head. It reveals just how amazingly versatile Alberta Distillers is – same grain, totally different whiskies. And the CC is a little bit less expensive too.

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