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2013 Canadian Whisky Awards

2013-Canadian-Whisky-AwardsDuring the month of December, while I was publishing my list of the 2013 Rum Howler Top 25 Canadian Whiskies, I was also busy with another important Canadian Whisky project initiated by Author and fellow Whisky Blogger, Davin Der Kergomeaux. For the past 4 years Davin has organized the Canadian Whisky Awards. He assembles a North American Panel of Canadian Whisky Experts, arranges for all of them to receive a set of blind samples to be judged independently, and then amalgamates the scores into various categories depending upon the nature of the whisky, and the market for which it is intended. For the third year in a row, I was asked to be part of this panel, and I am happy to announce that results of the annual Canadian Whisky Awards Competition were announced Thursday evening at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C..

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Whisky won the prestigious Canadian Whisky Awards – 2013 Whisky of the Year Award!

Lot No. 40 is distilled at the 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 included Alberta Premium Dark Horse, Forty Creek Heart of Gold, Masterson’s Straight Rye Whiskey, Wiser’s Red Letter, and Crown Royal Black.

Corby Distillers Receives the prestigious Canadian Whisky Awards - 2013 Whisky of the Year Award!

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Whisky was named Canadian Whisky of the Year at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held January 16 in Victoria BC. David Weaver and Bill Atwood of Corby Distillers accept their award from Davin de Kergommeaux (center), Chairman of the Judges. (Photo Jen Steele)


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

2013 Whisky of the Year – Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Whisky

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Best New WhiskyForty Creek Heart of Gold

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Domestic MarketAlberta Premium Dark Horse

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Multi MarketLot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Whisky

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Domestic MarketLast Mountain Private Reserve

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Export MarketCanadian Rockies 10 Years Old

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Multi MarketRoyal Canadian Small Batch 

Whisky Value of the Year Domestic MarketCanada Gold

Whisky Value of the Year Multi MarketSeagram’s 83 Canadian Whisky

Award of Excellence for Canadian Whisky ProfileJohn K. Hall, Forty Creek Distillery

Award of Excellence New Distillery of the YearStill Waters

Award of ExcellenceInnovation 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 MarketForty Creek Cream Liquor

Flavoured Whisky of the Year Export MarketWiser’s Spiced No. 5

Flavoured Whisky of the Year Multi MarketCrown Royal Maple Finished™ Canadian Whisky

Award of Excellence for Flavoured Whisky of the YearForty Creek Cream Liquor


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
Sortilège Maple Cream
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)


The Judges:  

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

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