"Whisky of the Year"The overall winner of this year's Canadian whisky awards. PHOTO: CNW Group/Corby Spirit and Wine Communications)

Canada’s top whisky, 2018 awards

The eighth Canadian whisky awards are out, and  a C$165 brand is tops for 2018.

JP Wiser’s 35 year old got top honours this year being described by the Chairman of the judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, as having, “An elegant and complex beauty with depth of flavour and no rough edges”.

The not-for-profit Canadian Whisky Awards held their tasting and awards ceremony in Victoria British Columbia  last week.

Newcomer to the market, Yukon’s Two Brewers distillery won a number of honours. PHOTO Yukon Spirits

A new distillery in Yukon Territory has made a big splash this year being named as “micro-distillery of the year.  Their first bottle was sold only in 2016 and this year the distillery, Yukon Brewers and their product label known as “Two Brewers”   Their products “Release 05. 06. and 07”. won bronze, silver and gold respectively.

Bob Baxter, co-owner of Yukon Brewers says most Canadian whisky is rye, but they produce single malt like Scotland. adding the clear Yukon water is a big factor in the brand success PHOTO Dave Croft-CBC

The Canadian Whisky Awards,are held annually and are judged by an independent panel of experts select winners through blind tasting of the whiskys. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada.

Davin de Kergommeaux says Canadian whiskys are now gaining much greater recognition world-wide and distillers are producing more high-end, top quality products.

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