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TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2020 /CNW/ - Corby Spirit and Wine Limited took home 6 major awards at the 10th annual Canadian Whisky Awards, including Whisky of the Year - Pike Creek 21 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish, Distillery of the Year - Hiram Walker & Sons, as well as Blender of the Year - Dr. Don Livermore. The winners were announced last week on January 16th, at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held during the annual Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia.


"We are beyond proud of our brands and the recognition received this year at the Canadian Whisky Awards. These awards demonstrate Corby and Hiram Walker's deep commitment to continue innovating, pushing the boundaries, and producing a diverse range of quality whiskies." said Keeshan Selvakumar, Brand Director, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited.

Canadian Whisky of the Year winner Pike Creek 21 Year Old whisky has been finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks. This whisky is a prime example of marrying the sweet, smooth characteristics of Canadian whisky with the depth and complexity found in Single Malts.

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

"To be recognized as the Distillery of the Year is a tremendous accolade. From grain to glass, there is a dedicated and passionate team behind our whiskies," says Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender.  "We all rely on each other to make sound choices and it reflects in the quality award winning brands that we make. It's a true honour to be part of the Hiram Walker and Corby family."

Select list of awards:

  • Whisky of the Year: Pike Creek 21 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
  • Distillery of the Year: Hiram Walker & Sons
  • Blender of the Year: Dr. Don Livermore
  • Sippin' Whisky of the Year Export: J.P. Wiser's Triple Barrel Rye (USA)
  • Best Blended Whisky: Pike Creek 21 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
  • Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Domestic: Pike Creek 21 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

A complete list of winners can be found at

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NEW YORK, USA, January 15, 2020 – Stoli Group has announced the appointment of industry executive Jonathan Hollister to Chief Commercial Officer— a move on the heels of several strategic hires set to drive the company’s portfolio of high-quality premium spirits and wine into the new decade. Effective beginning this year, Hollister will lead all U.S. and Canada commercial operations.


Hollister’s addition to the team follows more than a decade at Jackson Family Wines and Regal Wine Company, where he most recently held the role of National Sales Manager for Atlas and Estate Wineries. Prior to that, Hollister gained valuable experience on the supply side in several major U.S. markets and across multiple brands.


“The addition of Jonathan to the team continues to strengthen Stoli’s position as a significant player in high-quality, premium spirits, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. Jonathan’s vast commercial expertise, along with strong leadership skills, will greatly enhance our route-to-market strategies as we continue to grow our vodka portfolio and push forward our roster of super premium brands,” says Stoli Group Global CEO Rudy Costello.


Hollister’s appointment follows Stoli Group’s announcement last April of a new distributor alignment. Hollister added, “I’m looking forward to working with our extremely talented sales force and best-in-class distributor partners to accelerate growth on Stoli and bring our emerging super premium brands to the forefront. I’m equally excited to join a company that is willing to take risks, consistently displays an entrepreneurial spirit and focused on bringing innovative products to market.”


Prior to Hollister, Stoli Group welcomed industry veteran Dan Buttling as the new Global Chief Marketing Officer to lead all aspects of marketing and Matthias Knoll as Senior Vice President of International Distribution to lead commercial operations in all markets outside of the U.S. and Canada.


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