VICTORIA, B.C. — Whisky writers, bloggers and journalists have selected Corby’s Lot No. 40 as the best whisky in Canada at the fourth annual Canadian Whisky Awards, dubbing it “the very essence of rye whisky.”
Presented at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C., the award was based on votes from nine independent judges, who selected the winner after a blind tasting.
“Interest in Canadian whisky is growing tremendously,” said Davin de Kergommeaux, chairman of the judges, as he introduced the winners. “Export sales of Canadian whisky worldwide were up by nearly 25 per cent in 2013, and the upward trend continues. Canadian whisky producers are stepping up to the plate with new high-end releases. More small batch and top end deluxe whiskies are available now than ever before.”
Other winners include Alberta Premium Dark Horse, Forty Creek Heart of Gold, Masterson’s Straight Rye Whisky, Wiser’s Red Letter and Crown Royal Black.
The Canadian Whisky Awards recognize top whiskies that are distilled and matured in Canada.