Written By Sharon McLean Libations / Spirits / Victoria Jan 18, 2016 Canadian Whisky Awards: Best Whisky for 2015 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestLot No. 40, a whisky distilled in Windsor, Ontario was named Canada’s best at the sixth annual Canadian Whisky Awards on 14th January at the Victoria Whisky Festival.Lot No. 40 is a 100% rye whisky and the chairman of the judging panel, Davin de Kergommeaux, described it 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.” Tasting it at the Awards Preview, I found it to have a powerful, gutsy nose which transformed into a full, supple body with complex spices, nuts, pepper and licorice. Definitely worthy of taking top honours.It’s an exciting time for Canadian whisky with skyrocketing demand. de Kergommeaux reports that Canada’s whisky makers have responded to that with a wealth of new high-end releases, “For example, for the first time ever, a major legacy brand, Crown Royal, has bottled single barrel Canadian whisky at high proof.” The breadth and quality was obvious in the Preview tasting of some of the medal winners:Canadian Club 100% Rye (gold medal): citrus, spice, wood and hints of earth on the nose. A balance of rye-fieriness, cloves and caramel on the palate makes a complex and creamy spirit.Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (gold medal) – the first Canadian Whisky to earn World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Annual Whisky Bible 2016: robust cereal and floral note interweave with marzipan and spices. On the palate, fennel, licorice and pepper join in to deliver a nuanced and smooth whisky.Forty Creek, Copper Pot (silver medal): enticing butterscotch, caramel and honey on the nose. A warming palate with pepper, orange marmalade and brown sugar that lingers.Wiser’s Hopped Whisky (silver medal), one of the new family of flavoured whiskies, this has dry hops added after blending: a smooth spirit with floral, vanilla and distinct chocolate notes. The cocoa inspiration continues on the palate with dark chocolate covered espresso beans evolving into milk chocolate coffee creams.Canadian Rockies 21 Batch 001(bronze medal): a mellow spirit with apples, citrus and floral notes. A light body with summer orchard fruits and a hint of gunflint smoke.This is the 6th Annual Canadian Whisky Awards, and attracted over 60 entries – all of which had to be distilled and matured in Canada. The list of all the winners is now available at http://www.canadianwhisky.org SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sharon McLean ... Read More You may also like Wine Events May 17, 2017 Coast to Coast – Ontario & Nova Scotia Wines Shined at the Vancouver Wine Festival. At the Vancouver Wine Festival 2017 only six attendees at a standing room only Coast to Coast media and trade seminar who, when asked if anyone had ... Read More Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Okanagan / Wine Festivals March 22, 2017 Canada 150: The Purity and Diversity of BC Wines The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary with Canadian wines at the core. Punters lined up for a taste ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Coffee & Tea March 7, 2017 Is Your Coffee in Season? GROWING UP IN MANITOBA TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE SEASONAL fruits and vegetables. Unlike Vancouver Island, Manitoba has a brief growing season. All of ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Comments are closed.