VICTORIA, B.C., Jan. 15, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The jury has decided. A whisky distilled in Windsor, Ontario, is the best Canadian whisky of 2015. A panel of ten independent whisky experts named Lot No. 40 the Canadian Whisky of the Year at the sixth annual Canadian Whisky Awards. They announced the results of this annual blind tasting competition Thursday evening, January 14, at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C.
Chairman of the judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, described Lot No. 40 as: "A rye whisky sensation. Interest in rye is surging globally and here is proof that Canada makes the best all-rye whiskies in the world."
Other top winners include Canadian Club 100% Rye, Gooderham & Worts, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel, and Masterson's 10-Year-Old 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. "For example, for the first time ever, a major legacy brand, Crown Royal, has bottled single barrel Canadian whisky at high proof."
Canadian distillers released more small-batch and luxury whiskies in 2015, than ever before. Corby Distillers, for instance introduced four new whiskies including the highly innovative Wiser's Hopped Whisky.
Forty Creek, Centennial, and Sortilège continued to maintain a strong presence for flavoured whiskies as well.
The list of all the winners is now available at http://www.canadianwhisky.org
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About the Canadian Whisky Awards
The Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the very best Canadian whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest standards for making whisky. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada. An independent panel of whisky writers, bloggers, and journalists 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.
SOURCE Canadian Whisky Awards
Image with caption: "Dr. Don Livermore of Corby Distillers (centre) accepts the award for Canadian Whisky of the Year from Chairman of the Judges, Davin de Kergommeaux (left) and renowned whisky author, Dave Broom (right.) Lot No. 40 was named best whisky at the sixth annual Canadian Whisky Awards held January 14 at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (CNW Group/Canadian Whisky Awards)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160115_C7166_PHOTO_EN_599193.jpg
For further information: Davin de Kergommeaux, (613) 563-0254, [email protected]