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TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2019 /CNW/ - Corby Spirit and Wine Limited is proud to be recognized with a number of prestigious honours at the ninth annual Canadian Whisky Awards, which took place on January 17th during the Victoria Whisky Festival. Corby's Canadian whiskies won nine golds, five silvers, ten bronzes and top awards including:

  • 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

 

"It's exciting to take home over 30 awards and be recognized at the national level once again," says Keeshan Selvakumar, Brand Director, Corby Spirit and Wine. "Awards like Connoisseur Canadian Whisky of the Year for J.P. Wiser's 35 Years Old and Canadian Whisky Blend of the Year for Gooderham & Worts Eleven Souls demonstrate Corby and Hiram Walker's commitment to continue innovating diverse products and creating some of the very best whisky that Canada has to offer."

Corby's owned Canadian whisky brands are produced at the Hiram Walker & Sons distillery in Windsor, Ontario – which was recognized for the second year in a row as Distillery of the Year by the Canadian Whisky Awards. Additionally, Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore was honoured in a new award category as the first-ever Blender of the Year.

"To be recognized as the Canadian Whisky Blender of the Year was a great tribute and an honour," says, Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender. "Understanding the whisky consumer is challenging and always evolving. Deciding which blends to develop for the consumer at the right time is the most difficult part about the job, and to take home top awards has shown we have connected with our consumer by releasing good quality and premium brands."

The Canadian Whisky Awards are held annually in January in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival to 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.

For a full list of winners, please visit: www.canadianwhisky.org

 
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VICTORIA, Jan. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - 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.

 
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Newport, Ore. (January 17, 2016)—From Rolling Thunder Barrel Works, Rogue’s Newport-based cooperage (barrel-making facility), comes the return of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout and the new Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey. A first-of-its-kind stouted American Single Malt whiskey, Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is the culmination of all things DIY from Rogue.  

Released each February, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is aged in whiskey-soaked barrels that are made at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works. Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey takes it a step further:

start="1" /> <li>Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey starts with barley grown and harvested at Rogue Farms</li> <li>That barley is brewed into wash and distilled into whiskey</li> <li>While Master Distiller Brian Pribyl is distilling the whiskey, Rogue cooper (barrel-maker) Nate Linquist makes a barrel out of Oregon Oak (<em>Quercus garryana</em>)</li> <li>The whiskey is aged one year in these Rolling Thunder Barrel Works barrels.<br /> Towards the end of that aging period, Brewmaster John Maier brews his imperial stout.</li> <li>Brian’s whiskey is then transferred to new barrels and John’s imperial stout is transferred to the whiskey-soaked barrels. After nine months, the beer is pulled and released as Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout.</li> <li>The original whiskey is put back into the whiskey- and stout-soaked barrels for an additional two years of aging.</li> <li>Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey, the final product of all this hard work and time is hand-bottled in hand-numbered bottles and topped with a hand-branded topper. </li> </ol> <p>The Rolling Thunder family of products is what sets Rogue apart from other craft breweries and distilleries. “As the only farmer-brewer-distiller-cooper in the world, we are the only company who can create Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey completely in house,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “We grow ingredients we use to brew and distill and make the barrels we age those products in. As Rogues, we are excited by the possibility of creating things by hand that no one has the patience to do.” </p> <p>Opening with subtle aromas of smoke and sea air, Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey has notes of dark cocoa, toffee and dried fruit and a coffee and grain finish. <br /> <br /> This year, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout features prominent notes of chocolate and coffee that complement the flavors of whiskey-soaked Oregon Oak. <br /> <br /> Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is available in limited quantities nationally in hand-numbered 750ml bottles. </p> <p>Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is available in limited quantities nationally in hand-numbered, 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottles. <br /> <br /> For more information, samples and photography, contact <a href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=">Rachel Morrison</">.  </p>"
 

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