VICTORIA, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - A Canadian whisky sold only in the U.S.
has joined an esteemed group of Canada's top whiskies. A newcomer from
California, Masterson's Rye, joined perennial favourites: Gibson's
Finest Rare 18 year old, Wiser's Legacy, Wiser's Small Batch, and Forty
Creek - John's Private Cask No. 1, in garnering gold medals at the
second annual Canadian Whisky Awards, presented this evening in
John's Private Cask was a three-time winner, earning Whisky of the Year,
Best New Whisky, and Connoisseur Whisky of the Year. In announcing the
awards, Chairman of the Judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, dubbed it "a real
John Hall, recipient of the three awards was delighted. "Forty Creek
fans expect innovation and excitement. I try not to disappoint."
Awards of Excellence also went to Highwood Distillers of High River,
Alberta, for White Owl Whisky, Brown-Forman Corporation for Collingwood
whisky, and Beam Inc. for Canadian Club.
Glenora Distillery was named Distillery of the Year, saluting twenty
years making Canadian single malt.
The surprise gold medalist, Masterson's Rye, was released in the U.S.
last summer. Masterson's is produced in Calgary by Alberta Distillers
Limited for the Sonoma, California firm, 35 Maple Street. Masterson's
will be available in Canada within the year, the company confirms.
"Canadian whisky is one of Canada's greatest ambassadors," said de
Kergommeaux while introducing the winners. "Every year, millions of
whisky lovers around the globe buy more than half a billion
dollars-worth of Canadian whisky." But, as de Kergommeaux explains, "We
never stop to recognize the excellent quality of these whiskies." All
of that now changes with these important awards.
A complete list of the winners is available at www.canadianwhisky.org
Note to editors:
About the Canadian Whisky Awards
Each year the Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the very best Canadian
whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest standards for
making whisky. To be eligible to compete, whiskies 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.
Image with caption: "Canadian Whisky of the Year, Forty Creek John's Private Cask is flanked by other top winners at the second annual Canadian Whisky Awards. Gold medalists include Masterson's Rye, Gibson's Finest, Wiser's Small Batch and Wiser's Legacy. Canadian Club, White Owl Whisky, Collingwood, and Glenora each earned prestigious Awards of Excellence. (CNW Group/Canadian Whisky Awards)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120119_C5041_PHOTO_EN_9056.jpg
SOURCE Canadian Whisky Awards
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