A jury of ten independent whisky experts has named Pike Creek Oloroso-finished 21-Year-Old Canada’s best whisky at the 10th annual Canadian Whisky Awards gala, held on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria, B.C.
Distilled at Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ont., the whisky is named for the nearby community of Pike Creek where it matured for twenty-one years.
Each year for a special limited-edition Pike Creek release, master blender, Don Livermore pours mature whisky in exotic barrels for a short time to develop new flavours. The Oloroso sherry barrels he used this year imparted fruity flavours and a pinkish hue to the already complex whisky.
Other big winners at the 2020 Awards include Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye, Canadian Club 42-Year-Old and Crown Royal Black. Honours for Artisanal Distillery of the Year went to North of 7 Distillery in Ottawa, while The Crown Royal Blending Team accepted a lifetime achievement award.
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