Canadian Whisky of the Year 2018 Wisers 35

Canadian Whisky Awards 2018

January 19, 2018


VICTORIA, Jan. 19, 2018 / – The verdict is in. As the popularity of Canadian whisky continues its meteoric ascent, a jury of ten independent whisky experts has named Wiser’s 35-year-old the very best of the best.

The whisky was proclaimed Whisky of the Year in Victoria B.C. on Thursday, January 18, at the eighth annual Canadian Whisky Awards gala. Distillers, brand ambassadors, and fans alike came together to celebrate and raise a glass to the passion and craftsmanship of Canadian whisky.

Chairman of the judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, described Wiser’s 35-year-old as: “An elegant and complex beauty with depth of flavour and no rough edges.”

Other top accolades went to whiskies from Caribou Crossing, Crown Royal, Collingwood, Forty Creek, Gibson’s Finest, and Highwood 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. “Canadian Club released a 40-year-old whisky and Corby Distillers bottled a cask strength version of connoisseur’s favourite, Lot No. 40.”

As the country’s preeminent Canadian whisky competition, the independent and blind judging panel, served up some surprise honours to relative newcomers such as Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain distillery and Yukon’s Two Brewers which took home top spot as Microdistiller of the Year.

Canadian distillers released more small-batch and luxury whiskies in 2017, than ever before. Corby Distillers, for instance introduced four new limited release whiskies, Forty Creek went back to first principles with a whisky named Heritage, and Collingwood released Double Barrel, a Canadian whisky made in an American style.

If this year’s record setting submissions are an indication, Canadian whisky fans have an extremely exciting 2018 to look forward to.

Note to editors:

About the Canadian Whisky Awards The Canadian Whisky Awards, held annually in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival, recognize the very best Canadian whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest quality standards. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada. An independent panel of whisky experts 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.

Photo caption:

Corby Distillery team accept Whisky of the Year for JP Wiser’s 35 year old. L to r: Brand director Chris Bhowmik, Colin MacDougal, Spencer Gooderham, Co-host Heather Leary, Chair & Co-host Davin de Kergommeaux and Dave Mitton.

Photo Credit: Jen Steele


Whisky of the year – Wiser’s 35

Distillery of the Year – Hiram Walker & Sons

Microdistillery of the year – Two Brewers

Award of Excellence Innovation – Lohin McKinnon Barley & Rye lightly peated

Award of Excellence Line Extension – Gibson’s Finest Bold

Award of Excellence – best new whisky – Forty Creek Heritage

Connoisseur whisky of the year domestic – Wiser’s 35

Connoisseur whisky of the year multi-market – Caribou Crossing

Sippin whisky of the year domestic – Collingwood Town Collection Double Barreled

Sippin whisky of the year export – Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Sippin whisky of the year – multimarket – Masterson’s 10 yo

Value whisky – domestic – Highwood Rye

Value whisky – multimarket – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Value whisky export – Canadian Mist

Flavoured Domestic – Ceili’s Irish Cream / Wiser’s Vanilla

Flavoured Multi-market – Crown Royal Vanilla

Lifetime Achievement – Vicky Miller – Black Velvet Distillery

Lifetime Achievement – Rick Murphy – Alberta Distillers Limited

Lifetime Achievement – Jim Stanski – Hiram Walker Distillery

Gold Medals

Canadian Club 40 year old

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel

Ceili’s Irish Cream

Collingwood Town Collection Double Barreled

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Crown Royal Vanilla

Crown Royal XO

Forty Creek Cream

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain

Last Mountain Cask Strength

Lot No 40

Lot No 40 Cask Strength 12 year old

Masterson’s 10 year old Rye

Two Brewers Peated single malt

Wiser’s 150th Commemerative

Wiser’s 35 year old

Wiser’s Dissertation

Wiser’s Last Barrels

Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye

Wiser’s Union 52

Wiser’s Vanilla

Silver Medals

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye

Crown Royal Black

Crown Royal Fine Deluxe

Crown Royal Regal Apple

Crown Royal Salted Caramel

Crown Royal Wine Barrel Finished

Crown Royal XR

Devine Spirits Quarter Cask Ancient Grains

Fils du Roy – First New Brunswick single malt

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve

Forty Creek Heritage

Gibson’s Finest Bold

Gooderham & Worts Little Trinity Three Grain 17 year old

Highwood Rye

Hiram Walker Special Old

Lohin McKinnon Barley & Rye Lightly Peated

Mount Logan 20 year old

Pike Creek Finished in Speyside Single Malt Casks 21 year old

Royal Canadian

Royal Reserve

Saddleback Maple Bacon

Two Brewers Classic Single Malt

Wiser’s Apple

Wiser’s Toffee


Canadian Club Premium

Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12 year old

Canadian Mist

Collingwood Toasted Maplewood Finish

Crown Royal Reserve

de Vine Glen Saanich Single Malt

Dillon’s Rye Batch 1

Dillon’s Rye Batch 2

Forty Creek Barrel Select

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

Forty Creek Spike

Gibson’s 12 year old Rare

Gibson’s 18 year old Venerable

Gibson’s Finest Sterling

High River

JP Wiser’s Deluxe Rye

Last Mountain Canadian Whisky

Last Mountain Prairie Cherry

Lohin McKinnon Wine Barrel Finished single malt

LohinMcKinnon Craft Distilled Single Malt

Mount Logan 15 year old

Ninety 20 year old Oak Cask Aged

North of 7 Single Barrel

Odd Society Single malt

Pike Creek Rum Finish 10 year old

R&R Reserve

Shelter Point – Montfort District Lot 141 From Field to Flask

Shelter Point Artisanal Cask

Shelter Point Double Barreled Single Malt

Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend

Stalk & Barrel Handmade 100% Rye

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend

Stalk & Barrel Single malt

Two Brewers Innovative single malt

White Owl Spiced Whisky

Wiser’s 15 year old

Wiser’s 18 year old

Wiser’s Special Blend


8 Responses to “Canadian Whisky Awards 2018”

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  2. Matthew:

    To save space, perhaps you should list those whisky’s that didn’t win an award?
    This is obviously nothing short of an industry marketing scheme.

    • Davin:

      We only list those that win to encourage new producers to enter without getting clobbered, and to prevent people from doing the math and seeing how many entries we had in total. Of course people enter to win, so most send only their best whiskies and this gives us an initial screening before they even arrive. If you just want to see the best of the best, look at the awards at the top.

  3. Chris B:

    I wonder where Lot 40 Cask Strength would have placed if it had greater availability?
    Dollar for dollar my pick for whisky of the year.
    Wiser 35 is excellent and a worthy selection.

    So so many great choices this year!

    • Davin:

      It was a totally blind competition so every whisky was judged strictly on its merits as a whisky.

  4. Don J:

    Did Kavi not submit their whisky for review? Can’t believe they didn’t get any recognition.

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  6. Rick:


    You are to be commended for your dogged determination to promote Canadian whisky and show the world why it is so very worthy of acclaim. This year’s list of winners reveals many that I’ve enjoyed and many more that I will have to seek out. It truly is a wonderful time to be a Canadian whisky geek. I have been able to open the eyes of avowed Scotch snobs, and then seen their eyes go wide when they learn the price of the whiskies I’ve served them. And it just keeps getting better!

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