More winners at the Canadian Whisky Awards
DEVINE Distillery has been named Artisan Distillery of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards. The accolade was one of several for the Vancouver Island venture, as DEVINE experienced the best showing ever for its small-batch craft whiskies. In addition, DEVINE Distiller Ken Winchester received a special Lifetime Achievement Award.
DEVINE whiskies are made exclusively from BC-grown ingredients using traditional techniques. DEVINE’s Ancient Grains young whisky, which is a unique blend of barley, spelt, emmer, khorosan, and einkorn, earned the following accolades at the Canadian Whisky Awards:
- Best Whisky Spirit (for the 3rd year in a row)
- Best Mixed Mash Whisky
- Gold medal (for the 2nd year in a row)
In addition, DEVINE’s Glen Saanich Single Malt Whisky earned a silver medal.
Distillery of the Year
For the fourth year in a row, the Hiram Walker & Sons distillery in Windsor has been named the Distillery of the Year. The historic distillery, which has been producing Canadian whiskies longer than Canada has been a country, is where the Corby Spirit and Wine portfolio of Canadian whiskies is produced under the watchful eye of Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore.
As an example of the innovation that comes out of the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery, J.P. Wiser’s Old Fashioned, a ready-to-drink pre-mixed iteration of the classic cocktail, was named Flavoured Whisky of the Year at the Canadian Whisky Awards, one of five Corby brands to take home top honours.
Other notable awards:
- Sipping Whisky (Export):P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel
- Award of Excellence Line Extension: Lot 40 Dark Oak
- Best Cask Strength:P. Wiser’s 22 Year Old Cask Strength Port Cask Finish
- Best Blended Highly Commended:P. Wiser’s 22 Year Old Cask Strength Port Cask Finish
Six Canadian Whisky Awards Gold Medals were also draped over the bottles of six Corby whiskies: J.P. Wiser’s Old Fashioned, J.P. Wiser’s Alumni Whisky Mark Messier, J.P. Wiser’s Alumni Whisky Yvan Cournoyer, J.P. Wiser’s 22 Year Old Cask Strength Port Cask Finish, J.P. Wiser’s 23 Year Old and Lot 40 Dark Oak.
For a full list of 2021 winners, please visit canadianwhiskyawards.com.