Credit: Forty Creek Distillery
Credit: Forty Creek Distillery

A rye worth catching: Canadian whiskies get their night

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Canadians aren’t known to brag, except for their crazy claim that they’re still the world’s hockey superpower, despite evidence to the contrary. But the Great White North turns out some fine whiskey, as the 10 independent judges of the recent 2019 Canadian Whisky Awards can attest.

Up the Creek and loving it

The Whisky of the Year winner, after a blind tasting of more than 100 bottles: Forty Creek Distillery’s 22-year-old rye. Awards founder and head judge Davin de Kergommeaux called it (sorry about all the Canadian spelling) “a huge yet elegant rye whisky, just bursting with complex flavours,” according to Canadianwhisky.org.

The competition is fierce, de Kergommeaux said, noting that champs from a few years ago wouldn’t cut it today. John Hall, who launched Ontario’s Forty Creek in 1992, was named the first member of the Canadian Whisky Hall of Fame. Blender of the Year? The aptly named Don Livermore of Pernod Ricard Canada, whose Canadian Whisky Flavour Wheel is worth a spin.

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