A Canadian rye has claimed a prestigious title


Published March 31, 2021 at 1:35 am


It’s official, the greatest rye whiskey in the world is made in the Great White North.

Canada’s Lot No. 40 Dark Oak Whisky, distilled by Corby Spirit and Wine, claimed the title at the 2021 World Whiskies Awards.

Distilled in a pot still and aged in new oak barrels, Lot No. 40 Dark Oak was judged best whiskey for the World’s Best Rye category—a style of whiskey commonly associated with Canada—beating out whiskeys from other regions around the world, including the U.S., Australia, Germany, England, Denmark, and Ireland.

The World Whiskey Awards is an annual event that judges the very best whiskies from around the world among the internationally recognized styles and featuring internationally recognized industry experts.

The judges described Lot No. 40 Dark Oak as: “Grassy leafy aromas kick off the nose, with earthy sweetness and toasted bread. Flavours of clove, fudge, caramel, and hot spice take over the palate. A little sweet and fruity with powdered candy and barley sugar. A spicy and sweet finish.”

“Canada is renowned for its whiskies, and Corby continues to cement its reputation as the premier crafter of fine whisky, not just in Canada but in the world,” Scott McCreary, Brand Manager of Craft Whisky for Corby Spirit and Wine, said in a news release.

“Corby has built an exceptionally strong portfolio of whiskies, and we are particularly proud of the Lot No. 40 Dark Oak. It is a big, bold expressive whisky,” he continued.

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