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Canadian Whisky Awards 2017 Best in the World

January 19, 2017

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Whisky of the Year, Masterson’s 10 Year Old Rye Batch PSA3

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year  Domestic, Gooderham & Worts

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year,  Export- Masterson’s 10 year old Batch PSA3

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year  Multiple Markets, Lot No. 40

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Best New Whisky, Stalk & Barrel Rye Cask Strength

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year, Domestic – Wiser’s Double Still Rye

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year, Export – Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year, Multi-market – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Value Whisky of the Year, Export – Throttle 2 Bottle

Value Whisky of the Year, Multi-market – Crown Royal Fine Deluxe

Value Whisky of the Year, Domestic – Twelve Barrels

Flavoured Whisky of the Year, Domestic    – Forty Creek Cream

Flavoured Whisky of the year, Multi-market – Crown Royal Vanilla

Award of Excellence, Canadian Whisky Profile – Canadian Club Chairman’s Reserve 100%

Award of Excellence, Line Extension – Still Waters – Stalk & Barrel Rye

Award of Excellence, Innovation      – Corby Northern Border Collection

Artisanal Distiller of the Year – Still Waters – (Toronto)

Lifetime Achievement Award – John K Hall – Forty Creek

Distillery of the Year – Alberta Distillers (Calgary)

Flavoured Whisky of the year, Multi-market – Crown Royal Vanilla

Flavoured Whisky of the Year, Domestic    – Forty Creek Cream

Gold Medals

Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain

Lot 40 Rye

Masterson’s 10 year old rye – PSA3-0035

Masterson’s 10 year old rye – PSF3-0320

Stalk & Barrel Rye

Wiser’s Dissertation

Wiser’s Double Still Rye

Silver Medals

Alberta Premium Dark Horse

Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12 year old

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel

Crown Royal Fine Deluxe

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Gibson’s Bold 8 year old

Gibson’s Venerable 18 year old

Glen Saanich Single Malt

Last Mountain Private Reserve

Last Mountain Single Cask 100% Wheat Whisky

Masterson’s 10-year-old rye PSH3-0116

Pike Creek 10 year old Rum Finish

Two Brewers Single Malt – Peated

Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt – Classic

Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt (Special Finishes)

Wiser’s 10 year Triple Barrel

Wiser’s 18 year old

Wiser’s Deluxe

Wiser’s Rye Triple Barrel

Bronze Medals

Alberta Premium

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye

Canadian Club Premium

Canadian Mist

Collingwood Toasted Maplewood Finish

Crown Royal XO

Fils du Roy – L’eau d’Août 3yo

Forty Creek Barrel Select

Forty Creek Founder’s Reserve

Gibson’s Finest Rare 12 year old

Gibson’s Sterling

Last Mountain Canadian Whisky

R&R Reserve

Royal Canadian Small Batch

Shelter Point Artisanal Single Malt

Stalk & Barrel Single Malt

Throttle 2 Bottle

Twelve Barrels

Wayne Gretzky #99 Red Cask

Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend

Flavoured Whiskies

Gold Medals

Forty Creek Cream

Sortilege Maple Cream

Silver Medals

Spicebox Gingerbread

Sortilege Prestige

Sortilege Canadian Whisky & Maple Syrup

Spicebox Pumpkin

Crown Royal Vanilla

Forty Creek Spike

Wiser’s Hopped

Wiser’s Vanilla

Bronze Medals

Spicebox Cinnamon

Spicebox Spiced Whisky

Spicebox Chocolate

Wiser’s Apple

Canadian Whisky entries are in for 2017 Awards

TORONTO, ON (November 30, 2016) – The Canadian Whisky Awards is excited to announce the start of judging for the 2017 ceremony which will take place on January 19th in Victoria, BC.  The entries have now closed and the competition is on in blind tastings by a panel of whisky experts.  Events to celebrate the nominees and mark the formal commencement of the judging were held in Toronto and Ottawa this week.  Judges and special guests joined Awards founder Davin de Kergommeaux to toast our world class Canadian Whisky and sample past winners.

Founded in 2010, the Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the finest Canadian whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest standards for making whisky. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada for a minimum of three years. An independent panel of whisky writers, bloggers, and journalists selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind.

“The award show promises to be spectacular. The number contestants has broken records this year,” said Davin de Kergommeaux, awards founder and author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert. “These efforts are a testament to the industry’s belief in elevating the industry as a whole.”

Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 19 at a ceremony in Victoria, BC as part of the Victoria Whisky Festival.

For more information on the 2017 Canadian Whisky Awards, please visit our website: http://www.canadianwhisky.org/news-views/canadian-whisky-awards-2017-best-in-the-world.html

Canadian Whisky Awards Factsheet

Canadian Industry Background

The Canadian whisky industry has a rich history that goes back almost 250 years. By the late 1840’s, over 200 distilleries were in operation in Canada. Canada was once home to the largest distiller in the world, the Seagrams Distillery, based in Montreal, Quebec.  The Gooderham and Worts Distillery in Toronto’s (now known as the Distillery district) played an important role in the growth and wealth of the nation and once contributed more to the federal coffers than any other enterprise in the country. Today, that number has fallen but the quantity has only continued to increase.

Canadian Whisky Awards Background

Founded in 2010, the Canadian Whisky Awards recognizes the very best Canadian whiskies and encourages distillers to maintain the highest standards for making whisky. Entries into the awards competition are received from large and small distillers operating across Canada.  The Canadian Whisky Awards operate on a not-for-profit basis, and are judged blind. They have always been independent of the whisky industry.

Founder and Host

Davin de Kergommeaux is a certified Malt Maniac and a prominent whisky author.  For more than two decades he has been an independent commentator analyzing, writing and talking about whisky.  Davin has been frequently called upon to judge at international whisky competitions including the World Whisky Awards.  From 2003 to 2010 he served as a judge for the annual Malt Maniacs Awards.

Qualifications

To qualify for the Canadian Whisky Awards, a whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada for a minimum of three years.

Selection Process

Entries are solicited from whisky producers.  To encourage broad participation, the panel of judges reveals the names of the winners only.  A roster of eminent judges pick the winning whiskies on a blind tasting basis based on a standardized score sheet.

Categories

Winners receive gold, silver and bronze medals. Top winners in each category receive award certificates.

Previous Winners

  • 2010 Forty Creek Confederation Oak
  • 2011 Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1
  • 2012 Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve (2012 edition)
  • 2013 Lot No. 40
  • 2014 Collingwood 21-Year-Old Rye
  • 2015 Lot No. 40
  • 2015 Sippin’ Whisky of the year Canadian Club 100% Rye
  • 2015 Best New Whisky – Gooderham & Worts

The Canadian Whisky Awards are announced and awarded in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival.

Judging panel for 2017 awards

Chip Dykstra, Alberta; André Girard, Québec; Martin Vigneault, Québec; Mark Gillespie, USA; Jason Hambrey, Ontario: Mark Bylok, Ontario; Kris Shoemaker, Ontario; Blair Phillips, Ontario; Jason Debly, New Brunswick; Gordon Homer, Great Britain.

About the Canadian Whisky Awards

The Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the very best of 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 blind tasting each whisky. Operated on a not-for-profit basis, the Canadian Whisky Awards are fully independent of the Canadian whisky industry. Please note, for administrative reasons we have changed the designated year for the awards, so last year we had the 2015 awards and this year we have the 2017 awards.  We skipped 2016.


Comments

13 Responses to “Canadian Whisky Awards 2017 Best in the World”

  1. Lyle Skidmore:

    Hope to see a review or two about some of the offerings from https://www.okanaganspirits.com
    Still not available from the LCBO

  2. Jack Stone:

    Looking forward to this year’s results later today

  3. Craig:

    What’s this “Wiser’s Dissertation?” Google knows nothing of it.

    • Dylan:

      Also curious about this!

      • Davin:

        Bottled for LCBO which will decide when it hits store shelves.

  4. Hello,
    Thank you for visiting over Whisky Fest. We were absolutely thrilled to see on the list that our Glen Saanich Single Malt was awarded a Silver Medal. As we were not presented with the medal at Whisky Fest, I wanted to confirm this Silver status before responding to media.

    Thank you for your time,
    Jennifer
    de Vine Spirits

  5. Dylan:

    Have to agree with some of the top winners, Gooderham & Worts and Lot 40 are staples of top shelf Canadian whisky – can’t wait for new iterations on them.

    Out of curiosity, were more non-mentioned Canadian whiskies like Wiser’s Last Barrels & Union 52, Lock Stock & Barrel 16 Year, and Whistlepig varieties included in the judging? The latter two have been distilled and aged to my understanding in Alberta and just bottled in the States.

    • Davin:

      Hi Dylan,
      We have a policy of only talking about those whiskies that win medals.

      • Dylan:

        Gotcha thanks for the heads up! :)

  6. Whisky North:

    Award of Excellence, Innovation – Corby Northern Border Collection

    I’m looking forward to these releases. Corby/HWSL continues to show they are a leader in the industry.

    https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/from-the-editors/12589/canada-is-a-contender-in-the-whisky-game/

  7. Kimberly Jones:

    I’m not familiar with how and when award winning whiskey from the Victoria 2017 Canadian Whiskey Awards finally hits British Columbia liquor store shelves. Can someone enlighten me? I would like to purchase a bottle of J.P. Wiser’s Double Still Rye as a gift for my brother but can’t locate it on the B.C. liquor store website under that name nor under Corby’s nor Wiser’s nor Hiram.

    • Davin:

      You’d have to check BC Liquors or your local liquor store. However, Double Still Rye is in stock in Victoria now.

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