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2012 Canadian Whisky Awards

Published January 18,2012

award blankThe winners of the 3rd Annual Canadian Whisky Awards were announced in Victoria B.C. on Thursday, January 17th, 2013. The whisky awards are the result of the efforts of Spirit Writer and Author, Davin de Kergommeaux whose has organized and published the awards since their inception (in 2010) on his website Canadian Whisky.

The Awards were broken down into broad groupings which reflect the designated markets in which Canadian Whisky is sold. These grouping are:

Domestic Market  (if the whisky is sold strictly within Canada
Export Market (if the whisky is sold strictly outside of Canada) and
Multi Markets (if the whisky is sold both in the domestic and the export markets

Specific Awards were designated for each market as well as a Canadian Whisky of the Year Award designated for the top Canadian Whisky regardless of intended market.

And of course, Awards of Excellence were presented for outstanding achievement in the areas of Innovation, Line Extension, and Canadian Whisky Profile.

Of course you are wondering who the award winners were:


Canadian Whisky of the Year

Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve

Whisky 2013-1

John Hall receives the Award for Canadian Whisky of the Year
Photo Credit:- Jen Steele (All rights reserved)


Connoisseur Whisky of the Year

Multi-Market: Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve

 Domestic Market: Gibson’s Finest 18 Year Old

Export Market: Canadian Rockies 21 Year Old


Sippin’ Whisky of the Year

Multi-Market: Century Reserve Lot 15-25

Domestic Market: Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Export Market: Masterson’s French Oak


Value Whisky of the Year

Domestic Market: Canada Gold


Cream Whisky of the Year

Forty Creek Cream


Flavoured Whisky of the Year

Multi-Market: Tap 357

Domestic Market: Gibson’s 100th Grey Cup Limited Edition

Awards of Excellence

Innovation – Kruger Wines & Spirits for Sortilege

Canadian Whisky Profile – Diageo for Crown Royal Maple

Line ExtensionBeam Inc. for Alberta Premium Dark Horse


Gold Medals

Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve
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)
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.

For more information on the Canadian Whisky Awards you may click here: Davin de Kergommeaux on the Canadian Whisky Awards 2012


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