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VANCOUVER, Feb. 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's only national spirit competition reserved exclusively for small distilleries announces its results today.


The competition's national panel of independent judges have completed their blind assessment of artisan spirits submitted by distillers across the country. Now in its second year, submissions have grown by 50% over its first year.

"This growth demonstrates that a competition like this is welcome among artisan distillers to help them spread the word about the great sprits they're producing," stated Alex Hamer, CASC's founder. "I'm gratified to see awarding-winning submissions from across the country."


Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery Ethos Gin earned highest overall points across all categories. The gin is made in Revelstoke, BC from Triticale, and uses 15 botanicals including locally sourced huckleberries, juniper, spruce tips and ponderosa pine needles. Charlene Rooke, CASC's lead judge, described the gin as having a "Delicately floral (white blossoms, rose petal, orange blossom, note of elderflower) nose, tinged with light pink grapefruit. Juicy citrus, white pepper and a silky elegant mouthfeel."


  • Absinthe: Deep Roots Distillery Absinthe • PE
  • Aged Gin: Ironworks Distillery Aged Gin • NS
  • Aged Spirit: The Liberty Distillery Railspur No. 3 Switch • BC
  • Akvavit: Long Table Distillery Långbord Akvavit • BC
  • Amaro or Vermouth: The Woods Spirit Co Pacific Northwest Amaro • BC
  • Brandy or Eau de Vie: Winegarden Estate Winery & Distillery Johnny Ziegler Senior • NB
  • Liqueur: Hansen Distillery Morning Glory Cream Liquor • AB
  • Infused Vodka: Capital K Distillery Tall Grass Dill Pickle Vodka • MB
  • Rum: Barrelling Tide Distillery 5 Fathom Dark Rum • NS
  • Vodka: Strathcona Spirits Distillery Single Grain Vodka • AB
  • Whisky: Sheringham Distillery Red Fife Whisky • BC
  • Young Whisky: de Vine Spirits Glen Saanich • BC
  • White Spirit: Resurrection Spirits Inc. Resurrection Spirits White Rye • BC

Medals were awarded to distilleries from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Complete results:

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WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 29, 2019 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Whisky Awards has named Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. as Distillery of the Year. Whiskies produced at the distillery also earned a total of 30 prestigious awards, and Hiram Walker's Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore, was bestowed the first ever Blender of the Year award.


The Canadian Whisky Awards recognizes the very best in Canadian whisky, where this year's event had over 100 whiskies entered in the competition. The competition is judged by an independent panel of whisky experts that selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind. The Awards were held on January 17th in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival.

"Hiram Walker's Canadian whiskies has roots that go back to the very beginning of Canada's history. Its award-winning whiskies proves that it is still at the forefront of constant innovation and delivering the very best in Canadian whisky to consumers across the country, thanks to our strong team of people who are bold, creative, and passionate." says Patrick O'Driscoll, President of Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.

J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old was named Connoisseur Whisky of the Year, Pike Creek Rum Barrel Finish was named Sipping Whisky of the Year, Gooderham & Worts Eleven Souls was named Canadian Whisky Blend of the Year, and Hiram Walker's Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore, was the first ever recipient of the new Canadian Whisky Blender of the Year award.

"To be recognized as the Blender of the Year in such a crowded field of entries was a great tribute and an honour," says Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender. "It takes a team of talented people from all types of disciplines to make great whisky. Our whiskies such as J.P. Wiser's, Lot 40, Gooderham & Worts, and Pike Creek are competing on the world stage in terms of quality, innovativeness, and reputation. It is great feeling and a sense of pride to showcase our Canadian made whiskies to multi-national markets."

Located in the city of Windsor, Hiram Walker & Sons distillery is the only "grain to glass" operation in Ontario and boasts the largest distillery capacity in North America with 37 fermenters, offering a wide range of unique blends from the use of different grains to the substantial maturing inventories in differing barrels. Hiram Walker produces award-winning Canadian spirits such as J.P. Wiser's, Lot No. 40, Pike Creek, and Gooderham & Worts, which are distributed in Canada by its affiliate, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited.

Select list of awards:

  • Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Multinational – J.P. Wiser's 35 Years Old
  • Sipping Whisky of the Year Multinational – Pike Creek Rum Barrel Finish
  • Canadian Whisky Blend of the Year – Gooderham & Worts Eleven Souls
  • Line Extension of the Year – J.P. Wiser's Alumni Series
  • Canadian Whisky Blender of the Year – Dr. Don Livermore
  • Distillery of the Year – Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

Gold Medals:

  • Gooderham and Worts Eleven Souls
  • Gooderham and Worts Four Grain
  • J.P. Wiser's Alumni Whisky Series Wendell Clark
  • J.P. Wiser's 35 Years Old
  • J.P. Wiser's Canada 2018
  • Lot No. 40 11 Years Old Cask Strength
  • Lot No. 40
  • Pike Creek 21 Years Old European Finish
  • Pike Creek Double Barreled Canadian Whisky

For a full list of winners, please visit:

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January 28, 2019

Made from spices harvested from the rugged Chic Choc Mountains in Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum continues to grow in popularity. 


The unique spiced rum, made in Canada, is produced with six indigenous spices, creating a fresh take on rum that features a spicy bouquet with nuances of sugar cane and cinnamon, complemented by a subtle peppery tone.


Taking its flavour from Peppery Green Alder, Pine Forest Spikenard, Witherod Berries, Lovage Root, Sweet Gale Seeds and Wild Angelica, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is unlike any other spiced rum on the market.


Drawing its inspiration from the boreal forest of the Chic Choc Mountains in Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is the only artisanal rum made with a mixture of spices found in this untouched location of the country.


A fresh, tall cocktail with exotic fruity flavours


0.75 oz. Chic Choc Spiced Rum

0.5 oz. Cabot Trail Cream Maple Cream 

2 oz. pineapple juice

0.25 oz. lime juice

2 oz. coconut water

2 splashes egg whites

1 dash orange blossom

2 splashes Aztec chocolate flavour bitters

Orange slices

Cocoa powder

Ice cubes (or crushed ice) 


1. Fill half a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add all the ingredients one by one, making sure to pre-cut an orange slice into 8 to 10 pieces.

2. Add the orange slices into the shaker along with the liquid ingredients and shake vigorously to emulsify the egg white and the pulp created by the citrus pieces.

3. Pour into a large glass and sprinkle with cocoa powder.



A new take on a traditional cocktail, both fresh and slightly bitter.


0.5 oz. Lot 40 Rye

0.5 oz. Chic Choc Spiced Rum

0.5 oz. Campari Aperitivo 

1 bar spoon red Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura or Black Cherry bitters

A zest Orange flambé (Flaming Oranges)

Ice cubes (or crushed ice) 


1. Fill a short glass with a generous number of ice cubes and pour in the ingredients.


2. Lightly rub the zest on the inner wall of the glass, then flame up the orange oil over top and drop it in.

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JANUARY 28, 2019


BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery is proud to announce Conor O’Driscoll as the fifth Master Distiller in its 84-year history. O’Driscoll’s wealth of experience in the industry and technical expertise gives him the ability to focus on quality, authenticity and innovation, all hallmarks of the Heaven Hill distilling legacy.

“Conor is among the finest young distillers in our business and we could not be more thrilled to have him at the forefront of distilling for our historic portfolio,” said Max L. Shapira, President, Heaven Hill Brands. “In his 15 years in the industry, he’s played a key role in growing production and innovation, with an expectation of quality and a respect for craftsmanship. In that regard, he is a perfect fit for us.”

In 2004, O’Driscoll started his journey in whiskey as Operations Manager for the Brown-Forman Distillery in Shively. After five years, O'Driscoll moved to oversee operations at the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Shortly thereafter, he added warehousing and processing responsibilities beginning a robust warehouse expansion program. In 2017, O’Driscoll left Woodford Reserve to lead the operations efforts at Angel’s Envy Distillery in Louisville.

“I’m very proud to be a part of Heaven Hill’s storied whiskey legacy,” said O’Driscoll. “The trust of the Shapira family is humbling. And I am excited and honored to carry on the traditions of the Master Distillers that helped establish Heaven Hill’s place in the industry.  I am especially honored to carry on the legacy of Parker Beam, whose expectations for quality and consistency live on today.”

As Master Distiller, O’Driscoll will oversee historic brands reflective of the pioneers, places and principles of American Whiskey. Heaven Hill Distillery has long preserved the heritage of Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and John E. Fitzgerald Larceny among its flagship brands while recognizing the whiskey traditions of Pikesville, Maryland, Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania and the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky which date back to the mid-18th century. Beyond that, it is Heaven Hill’s steadfast commitment to the principles of quality, authenticity and innovation that make it among the global leaders in whiskey production.

O’Driscoll will immediately begin leading the distilling and warehousing teams at the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.  Recent renovations at that facility, including a new still, earned it the designation of the largest single-site Bourbon distillery.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, O’Driscoll moved to the United States in 1989 after completing his degree in Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin. His early experiences with Pfizer and Aker Kvaerner paved the way for his move to whiskey distilling where he’s pursued his passion ever since. He resides in Louisville with his wife and family.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.5 million barrels aging in 57 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, and previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” 

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.”


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