Another competition, another prestigious award for Windsor, Ontario, distillery, Hiram Walker & Sons.
A jury of ten independent whisky experts has named Pike Creek Oloroso-finished 21-Year-Old Canada’s best whisky at the tenth annual Canadian Whisky Awards gala.
Chair of the judging panel, Davin de Kergommeaux, described Pike Creek 21-year-old as “toasted cereal tones bursting from a complex, spicy bushel of red fruits.”
The whisky is named for the nearby community of Pike Creek where it matured for twenty-one years.
Each year for a special limited-edition Pike Creek release, master blender, Dr. Don Livermore pours mature whisky in exotic barrels for a short time to develop new flavours. The Oloroso sherry barrels he used this year imparted fruity flavours and a pinkish hue to the already complex whisky.
Dr. Livermore also accepted an award as Blender of the Year (yet again) in truly showcasing the city of Windsor as Whiskytown Canada.
Another big local winner was the Canadian Club 42-Year-Old.
A record number of high-quality whiskies entered by Canada’s distillers, large and small, predicts a very exciting 2020 for fans of Canadian whisky, worldwide.
The awards cement Windsor’s claim as Whiskytown Canada, making it a great place to visit for whisky lovers. Along with the Whiskytown Festival, a great experience when visiting is the award-winning Drinks of Walkerville, which brings you into the distillery itself as well as through the town telling tales and folklore of the town that whisky built.