Windsor-Distilled Canadian Whisky Best in World

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Windsor Star/Dave Hall

A whisky produced at Windsor’s Hiram Walker distillery has been named top Canadian whisky in the world in a blind tasting by a panel of judges at the Victoria Whisky Festival.

Corby’s Lot No. 40, a 100 per cent rye-grain whisky made from a recipe first used in the 19th century, was named Canadian Whisky of the Year by nine independent judges at the fourth annual Canadian Whisky Awards.

“It’s the very essence of what rye whisky is all about,” said Davin de Kergommeaux, chair of the judges panel.

“Interest in Canadian whisky is growing tremendously,” said de Kergommeaux. “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 and more small batch and top-end deluxe whiskies are available now than ever before.”

Other top winners include Alberta Premium Dark Horse, Forty Creek Heart of Gold, Masterson’s Straight Rye Whisky, Wiser’s Red Letter and Crown Royal Black.

Hiram Walker, a Pernod Ricard company,  also distills Canadian Club which was recently acquired by Suntory Holdings when the Japanese company acquired Jim Beam and Canadian Club whisky  for about $13.62 billion.