Canadian Whisky Awards 2019


Forty Creek Rye Named 2019 Whisky of the YearVICTORIA, Jan. 18, 2019 / – The best whisky in Canada is an all-rye whisky, distilled 22 years ago at Forty Creek Distillery in Grimsby, Ontario.After blind tastings of well over 100 whiskies, 10 independent whisky experts have declared Forty Creek 22-year-old Rye as Canadian Whisky of the Year in the ninth annual Canadian Whisky Awards.Held each January at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC, as part of the Victoria Whisky Festival, the Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the very best whiskies produced in Canada.Awards founder, Davin de Kergommeaux described Forty Creek 22 year-old Rye as: “A huge, yet elegant rye whisky, just bursting with complex flavours.”Other top accolades went to whiskies from JP Wiser’s, Canadian Club, Crown Royal, and Gooderham and Worts. Forty Creek founder, John K. Hall was announced as the first member of the Canadian Whisky Hall of Fame, while Dr. Don Livermore was named Blender of the Year.“Every year the whiskies are just that much better than the year before,” said de Kergommeaux as he revealed the winners. “Top whiskies from five or six years ago might earn a silver medal today.  The competition is that intense.”As the Canada’s pre-eminent Canadian whisky competition, the independent judging panel, served up some surprise honours to relative newcomers such as Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain distillery which took home top spot as Microdistillery of the Year.If this year’s record setting submissions are an indication, Canadian whisky fans have an extremely exciting 2019 to look forward to.Note to editors:About the Canadian Whisky Awards The Canadian Whisky Awards, held annually in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival, recognize the very best Canadian whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest quality standards. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada. An independent panel of whisky experts 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.Photo caption: Forty Creek distiller, Bill Ashburn (centre) accepts the award for Whisky of the Year from head judge and awards founder, Davin de Kergommeaux (l), and co-host Heather Leary (r).Photo Credit: Jen SteeleAwards:

  • Lifetime Achievement – John K. Hall

  • Flavoured Whisky Export – Black Velvet Toasted Caramel

  • Flavoured Whisky Multi-market – Crown Royal Salted Caramel

  • Whisky Value Domestic – Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask

  • Whisky Value Export – Pendleton

  • Whisky Value Multi-market – Crown Royal Blender’s Mash

  • Sippin’ Whisky Domestic - Canadian Rockies 21yo

  • Sippin’ Whisky Export – Rich and Rare Reserve

  • Sippin’ Whisky Multi-market – Pike Creek Rum Barrel

  • Award of Excellence – Innovation – Shelter Point Montfort DL

  • Award of Excellence – Line Extension – Corby NHL Alumni Series

  • Best Whisky Spirit – Ancient Grains

  • Artisanal Distiller of the Year – Last Mountain Distillery

  • Distillery of the Year – Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

  • Flavoured Whisky Domestic – Forty Creek Cream

  • Connoisseur Whisky Domestic – Canadian Club 41yo

  • Connoisseur Whisky Export – Crown Royal Blender’s Mash 13

  • Connoisseur Whisky – Multi-market – JP Wiser’s 35yo

  • Best New Whisky – Bearface

  • Best Single Malt Whisky – Two Brewers Release 9

  • Best All-Rye Whisky – Forty Creek 22yo Rye

  • Best Blended Whisky – Gooderham and Worts Eleven Souls

  • Blender of the Year – Don Livermore

And, the 2019 Canadian whisky of the year is

  • Forty Creek 22yo Rye

Gold MedalsBearfaceCanadian Club 41 YOCanadian Club Classic Small Batch 12 yoCanadian Rockies 21 yoCaribou Crossing Single BarrelCrown Royal 13 year old Blenders MashCrown Royal BlackCrown Royal Blenders MashCrown Royal XRForty Creek 22 yo RyeGooderham and Worts Eleven SoulsGooderham and Worts Four GrainJP Wiser’s Alumni Whisky Series Wendell ClarkJ P Wiser's 35 yoJP Wiser's Canada 2018Last Mountain Single Cask Wheat WhiskyLot 40 11 yo Cask StrengthLot No. 40Pendleton 1910-12 year oldPike Creek 21 yo European FinishPike Creek Double Barreled Canadian WhiskyRich and Rare ReserveShelter Point Montfort DLTwo Brewers Release 9Wayne Gretzky No 99 Ninety Nine Proof WhiskySilver MedalsBlack Velvet OnyxCanadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% RyeCanadian Rockies 17 yoCrown Royal LImited EditionCrown Royal Northern Harvest RyeCrown Royal ReserveCrown Royal Wine Barrel FinishedCrown Royal XODe Vine Ancient GrainsForty Creek Barrel SelectForty Creek Confederation OakForty Creek CreamForty Creek Double BarrelForty Creek UnityGibsons Finest Bold 8 YOGibsons Finest Rare 12 YOGibsons Finest Venerable 18 YOJP Wiser’s Alumni Whisky Series Guy LafleurJP Wiser's Seasoned OakJP Wiser's Triple Barrel Aged 10 YearsJP Wiser's Triple Barrel Rye 43.4%Lohin McKinnon Chocolate MaltLohin McKinnon Lightly Peated Single MaltPendleton MidnightPendleton WhiskyShelter Point Classic Single Malt the Strath EditionShelter Point Double BarrelledStalk and Barrel Canadian Red BlendTwo Brewers Rel 10Wayne Gretzky No 99 Ice Cask WhiskyWayne Gretzky No 99 Red Cask WhiskyWiser's Special BlendBronze Medals100 BushelsAlberta PremiumBlack VelvetBlack Velvet ReserveBlack Velvet Toasted CaramelCanadian Club Barley BatchCanadian Club Premium 1858Canadian MistCentral City Brewing Peeled Orange LiqueurCollingwoodCollingwood Double Barreled WhiskyCrown Royal DeluxeCrown Royal Regal AppleCrown Royal Salted CaramelCrown Royal Texas MesquiteCrown Royal VanillaFils du Roy Appalachia’s Canadian RyeFils du Roy single malt whisky homage at Congres Mondrian Acadian 2019Fils du Roy Single Malt, Richelieu InternationalForty Creek Copper PotForty Creek SpikeGibson’s Finest SterlingGlen SaanichGolden StagHigh RiverJP Wiser's 18 YOJP Wiser’s 15 YOJP Wiser’s AppleJP Wiser’s DeluxeJP Wiser’s Old Fashioned Whisky CocktailJP Wiser’s Triple Barrel rye 45%JP Wiser’s VanillaLast Mountain Single Cask RyeLast Mountain Single MaltLe Rye SivoLe Single Malt SivoLohin McKinnon Tequila Barrel FinishedMasterson’s 10 YO Straight Rye WhiskeyNHL Alumni Series, Lanny McDonaldNorth of 7 4-GrainNorth of 7 95% ryePemberton Valley Single Malty, 8 YO Single Barrel OrganicRoyal Canadian Small BatchRoyal ReserveSchenley Golden WeddingShelter Point Avant-Garde BarleyShelter Point Cask StrengthShelter Point Single MaltStalk and Barrel 100% Rye Cask StrengthStalk and Barrel Blue BlendStalk and Barrel Single Malt Cask StrengthTwo Brewers Rel 11Two Brewers Release 8Walkers Special Old Rye