VICTORIA, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian whisky maker, John K. Hall
makes the best whisky in Canada. That's the verdict of seven
independent whisky experts who awarded Hall the coveted Canadian Whisky
of the Year Award at the third annual Canadian Whisky Awards. Results
of the annual blind tasting competition were announced Thursday evening
at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C.
Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve, a three-time winner, was also named
Connoisseur Whisky of the Year in multiple markets, along with winning
a gold medal. In announcing the awards, Chairman of the Judges, Davin
de Kergommeaux, dubbed it "the best whisky yet from Forty Creek
Other top winners included Gibson's Finest Rare 18 year old, and
Canadian Rockies 21 year old.
The awards also recognized the 2012, flavoured whisky phenomenon. All
of the major whisky makers have moved to address the growing demand for
flavoured whiskies with Gibson's, Forty Creek, and Kruger Wine and
Spirits being given particular mention.
Awards of Excellence were given to Kruger Wine and Spirits for
Sortilège, Diageo for Crown Royal Maple, and Beam Inc. for Alberta
Premium Dark Horse.
"What a year to be a whisky lover," said de Kergommeaux as he introduced
the winners. "Canadian producers have really upped their game and we
see the results here tonight." Canadian whisky sales were up four
percent in 2012 and we've had double-digit growth in sales of high-end
Canadian Connoisseur whiskies," de Kergommeaux continued, "The time has
come to recognize the excellent quality of Canadian whisky."
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, 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: "Whisky Maker, John K. Hall accepted the award for Canadian Whisky of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Whisky Awards in Victoria. Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve was selected from 60 entries by a panel of eight whisky experts. Left to right - John Hall, Davin de Kergommeaux. (CNW Group/Canadian Whisky Awards)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130118_C6910_PHOTO_EN_22685.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Whisky Awards
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