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CANADIAN WHISKY AWARDS 2021: Canadian Club Named Canada’s Best Whisky

Canadian Club Named Canada’s Best Whisky

It is official: Canada’s oldest whisky is also its best. On February 25, 2021, nine independent whisky experts named 43-year-old Canadian Club Chronicles as Canadian Whisky of the Year at the eleventh annual Canadian Whisky Awards. Canadian Club 43 also took top honours as Connoisseur Whisky of the Year.

“This is truly a remarkable whisky, so deserving of the accolade,” said Davin de Kergommeaux, head judge and founder of the awards. “Canadian Club has been shortlisted for best whisky in past years, and for 2021, the judges awarded Canadian Club 43-year-old the highest overall score among over 130 Canadian whiskies entered in the competition.”

Other major winners include Pendleton Director’s Reserve which was named Connoisseur Whisky of the Year in the multi-market category. J. P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye, which is a US exclusive, took home Sippin’ Whisky of the Year in the export-only category, while Gibson’s Finest Bold was named Sippin’ Whisky of the Year for the Canadian market.

J.P. Wiser’s 22-Year-Old Port Cask Finished claimed Cask Strength Whisky of the year, while the sensational Lot No. 40 Dark Oak was named Best New Whisky.

Windsor’s Hiram Walker Distillery is the 2021 Distillery of the Year, while Devine Distillery and Winery in Saanich, British Columbia was awarded Artisanal Distillery of the Year. Devine distiller, Ken Winchester received accolades for Lifetime Achievement in distilling. Shelter Point Distillery from Campbell River BC and Two Brewers from Whitehorse Yukon tied for Best Single Malt of the year.

About the Canadian Whisky Awards

The annual Canadian Whisky Awards, broadcast online in 2021, are normally held in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival. The awards recognize the very best Canadian whiskies, and are intended to encourage distillers to maintain the highest quality standards. To qualify, each whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada.

An independent panel of whisky experts selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind. In keeping with current trends in whisky connoisseurship, the jury includes both women and men tasters, who have made significant contributions to understanding Canadian whisky.

Awards

2021 Canadian Whisky of the Year is Canadian Club 43-Year-Old Chronicles – The Speakeasy

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Domestic Market – Canadian Club 43-Year-Old Chronicles – The Speakeasy

Best Blended Whisky – Canadian Club 43-Year-Old Chronicles – The Speakeasy

Blender of the Year – Canadian Club Blending Team 

Best Blended Whisky Highly Commended – J.P. Wiser’s 22-Year-Old Cask Strength Port Cask Finished 

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Multi-market – Pendleton Director’s Reserve

 

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Domestic – Gibson’s Finest Bold

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Export – Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye (US)

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Multi-market – Pendleton 1910 12-Year-Old

Whisky Value Domestic Market – Alberta Premium

Whisky Value Multi-market – Forty Creek Barrel Select

Cream Whisky – Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Salted Caramel 

Flavoured Whisky – J. P. Wiser’s Old-Fashioned

Best Whisky Spirit – De Vine Wine and Spirits: Ancient Grains

Best Whisky Spirit – Highly Commended – Raging Crow Distillery: Can’t Call It B**rbon

Best Single Malt Whisky a tie: – Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release 22 & Shelter Point Double Barrel #5

Best Single Grain Whisky – Trust Single Grain 

Best Cask Strength Whisky – J.P. Wiser’s 22 Year Old Cask Strength Port Cask Finished 

Best All-Rye Whisky – Alberta Premium Cask Strength

Best Corn Whisky – Last Straw sCorn (yes sCorn – made from malted corn)

Best Mixed Mash Whisky – Ancient Grains (Devine Distillery & Winery)

Best Wheat Whisky – Last Mountain Single Cask 100% Wheat Whisky

Award of Excellence – Innovation – Shelter Point Distillery (for peated whisky process)

Award of Excellence – Line Extension – Lot No. 40 Dark Oak 

Award of Excellence – Best New Whisky – Last Straw Straight Ontario Rye Cask Strength 

Distillery of the Year – Hiram Walker & Sons

Artisanal Distillery of the Year – Devine Distillery and Winery 

Lifetime Achievement Award – Ken Winchester (on his retirement Devine Distillery and Winery)

Gold Medals

1.    ALBERTA PREMIUM CASK STRENGTH RYE

2.    ANCIENT GRAINS – Devine 

3.    BEARFACE ONE ELEVEN SERIES OAXACA AGAVE SPIRIT

4.    CANADIAN CLUB CHRONICLES 43-Year-Old

5.    CROWN ROYAL BLACK

6.    FORTY CREEK BARREL SELECT

7.    GIBSON’S FINEST BOLD 8-YEAR-OLD WHISKY

8.    J P WISER’S OLD FASHIONED  

9.    J P WISER’S ALUMNI SERIES MARK MESSIER

10.J P WISER’S ALUMNI SERIES YVAN COURNOYER

11.J P WISER’S 22-YEAR-OLD CASK STRENGTH PORT CASK FINISHED  

12.J P WISER’S 23-YEAR-OLD CASK STRENGTH

13.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK 100% WHEAT WHISKY

14.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK RYE WHISKY 

15.Last Straw sCORN 

16.Last Straw STRAIGHT ONTARIO RYE WHISKY CASK STRENGTH

17.LOT 40 DARK OAK

18.PENDLETON 1910 – 12-Year-Old

19.PENDLETON DIRECTOR’S RESERVE 

20.SHELTER POINT DOUBLE BARREL #5

21.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 22

22.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 23

23.TRUST SINGLE GRAIN – The Liberty Distillery

24.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 SALTED CARAMEL CANADIAN CREAM WHISKY

Silver Medals

1.    BEARFACE CANADIAN WHISKY TRIPLE OAK 7-YEAR-OLD

2.    CANADIAN CLUB 100% RYE

3.    CANADIAN CLUB CLASSIC 12-YEAR-OLD

4.    CARIBOU CROSSING SINGLE BARREL 

5.    CROWN ROYAL RESERVE

6.    CROWN ROYAL LIMITED EDITION 10 YR OLD

7.    CROWN ROYAL NORTHERN HARVEST RYE

8.    Devine – GLEN SAANICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY

9.    Dubh Glas FIRE IN THE SKY CASK STRENGTH 

10.EAU CLAIRE SINGLE MALT WHISKY BATCH 003

11.FORTY CREEK CONFEDERATION OAK RESERVE

12.FORTY CREEK COPPER POT RESERVE

13.GIBSON’S FINEST RARE CANADIAN WHISKY

14.Glen Breton – GHLEANN DUBH GAELIC FOR THE DARK GLEN

15.J P WISER’S SEVEN REBELS CANADIAN WHISKY

16.J P WISER’S WHEATFIELD GOLD WHISKY

17.J P WISER’S 18-YEAR-OLD

18.J P WISER’S DELUXE 

19.J P WISERS ALUMNI SERIES DAVE KEON

20.J P WISER’S TRIPLE BARREL RYE 

21.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK 2020 DISTILLERS SELECT WHISKY  

22.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK RED WINE BARREL AGED WHISKY

23.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY CANADIAN WHISKY 

24.LOT 40

25.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN PEATED MAC NA BRAICHE

26.MACALONEY’S CALEDONAIN OAKEN POITIN

27.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN GLENLOY SINGLE MALT WHISKY

28.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN INVERMALLIE SINGLE CASK STRENGTH

29.PIKE CREEK 10-YEAR-OLD RUM BARREL FINISHED

30.PIKE CREEK 15-YEAR-OLD CABERNET SAUVIGNON FINISH

31.ROYAL CANADIAN SMALL BATCH CANADIAN WHISKY

32.SEAGRAM’S 83

33.SHELTER POINT SINGLE CASK PEAT

34.SHELTER POINT SMOKE POINT 2

35.SHELTER POINT THE FORBIDDEN

36.SHELTER POINT SINGLE CASK VIRGIN OAK

37.SHERINGHAM DISTILLERY RYE

38.SIGNAL HILL WHISKY

39.STALK AND BARREL THREE BARREL CANADIAN WHISKY

40.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 20

41.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 19

42.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 21

43.TRUST SOUTHERN – The Liberty Distillery 

44.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 MAPLE CASK WHISKY

45.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 ICE CASK WHISKY

46.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 NINETY-NINE PROOF WHISKY

47.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 RED CASK WHISKY

Bronze Medals

1.    ALBERTA PREMIUM RYE

2.    CANADIAN CLUB 1858

3.    CANADIAN MIST

4.    CAN’T CALL IT B**RBON

5.    CAPITAINE SAINT SIMON – Fils du Roy

6.    COLLINGWOOD

7.    COMMODORE SINGLE MALT WHISKY – Odd Society

8.    CROWN ROYAL FINE DELUXE

9.    CROWN ROYAL XO

10.CROWN ROYAL VANILLA

11.CROWN ROYAL REGAL APPLE

12.DILLON’S RYE WHISKY

13.DILLON’S RYE 1 

14.Dubh Glas – SMOKE ON THE WATER

15.EAU CLAIRE DISTILLERY RUPERT’S WHISKY

16.FORTY CREEK THREE GRAIN 2020

17.FORTY CREEK NANAIMO BAR

18.FORTY CREEK DOUBLE BARREL RESERVE 

19.FORTY CREEK CREAM

20.FORTY CREEK SPIKE

21.FORTY CREEK RESOLVE

22.GIBSON’S FINEST STERLING 

23.GIBSON’S FINEST VENERABLE 18-YEAR-OLD 

24.GOODERHAM AND WORTS

25.GOODRIDGE AND WILLIAMS – 100% RYE GRAINS

26.GOODRIDGE AND WILLIAMS – HIGH RYE GRAINS

27.HIGH RIVER CANADIAN WHISKY – Sazerac 

28.J P WISER’S 15-YEAR-OLD

29.J P WISER’S TRIPLE BARREL RYE WHISKY USA

30.J P WISER’S SPECIAL BLEND WHISKY

31.J P WISERS VANILLA WHISKY

32.J P WISERS APPLE WHISKY

33.KAVI RESERVE COFFEE BLEND CANADIAN WHISKY

34.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK CANADIAN RYE

35.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY LAKE COUNTRY COOP 80TH ANNIVERSARYT CANADIAN SINGLE BARREL WHISKY

36.Last Straw – STRAIGHT ONTARIO RYE WHISKY

37.LOHIN MCKINNON CHOCOLATE MALT SINGLE MALT

38.LOHIN MCKINNON BORDEAUX FINISHED PEATED SINGLE MALT WHISKY

39.LOHIN MCKINNON NIAGARA WINE BARREL SINGLE MALT WHISKY

40.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN PEATED DARACH BRAICHE

41.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN INVERMALLIE SINGLE CASK EX BOURBON

42.ODD SOCIETY BLENDERS RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKY

43.PROSPECTOR RYE WHISKY – Odd Society

44.SEAGRAM’S FIVE STAR

45.SEAGRAM’S VO

46.SHELTER POINT DISTILLERY – THE COLLECTIVE 

47.SHELTER POINT PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

48.SHELTER POINT MONTFORT D1 151

49.SHELTER POINT ECHOES OF THE HEBRIDES

50.SIVO SELECTION RYE WHISKY

51.THE FORAGER BOTANICAL WHISKY

52.THE WILD NORTH – Mondia Alliance 

53.TRUST ANCIENT GRAINS

54.TRUST CANADIAN RYE

55.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 CANADIAN CREAM WHISKY

REVE DE MOI Art Exhibit with Estelle Ohayon: Toronto, Canada

Rêve De Moi
ART EXHIBIT

An extraordinary collaboration by two visionaries:
Estelle Ohayon & Allan Kliger.

What do you get when you bring together some of Canada’s most accomplished artists? A remarkable alliance, creating some of the most exciting mixed media art that you will ever see.

When Spencer Magazine was invited to attend the very private Rêve De Moi Art Exhibit, I was thrilled to have a chance to see the latest works of a coterie of established artists, recognized both in Canada and abroad. They include Max Jamali, Peter Triantos, Anthony Ricciardi and Diogo Snow.
Joining me at this event was Spencer’s Photography Director, Jonathan Levy. With much anticipation, we arrived at CABINE, on Toronto’s tony Hazleton Avenue in Yorkville. Nicholas Mellamphy, the legendary fashion icon and the venue’s host, warmly welcomed us on the stairs leading up to the hot pink door of the classic brownstone.

Upon entering the gallery, we soon realized that this was no ordinary collection. There is a definitive wow factor, especially considering the scale of the art. At first I didn’t recognize the connection between the evocative original art on display and the adjoining photography.

With my curiosity peaked, I wanted to learn more about this exhibition. I approached the visionaries responsible for creating Rêve De Moi, Estelle Ohayon and Allan Kliger. They offered us a narrated tour and what we discovered about them and this ambitious project is truly impressive.

To read the full story in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

PETER TRIANTOS: A Contemporary Abstract Artist

 

   It seems to me that many artists, young and old, are prisoners of their emotions. Not Triantos; I can imagine this brilliant painter scaling a 12 foot barbed wire fence just to face his emotions, and welcoming the chance to share them with joy and love. In fact, when I asked him how he faces a blank canvas, he responds: “My energy transfers onto the canvas. It’s the energy, passion, vibrance, speed, stuff like that, immediate thinking. I don’t ponder and fixate on things. I have zero fear and I immediately attack.”

No fear. I like that. And I can see it in his work. He has a certain je ne sais quoi. So, of course, I had to dig deeper into who this incredibly popular artist, Peter Triantos, really is.

Triantos was born in Romiri, a small, tranquil village in the mountains of Greece, where the olive trees grow in abundance. He immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 5. He recalls the trans-atlantic voyage with great enthusiasm, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1966. What an adventure for a young boy! Even at that tender age he could see the magical dreamland in art.

Little did he know that his journey would take him to be one of the most highly respected and admired Canadian artists of our time.

In middle school, playing with paint and colour in art class, he knew that he was destined to be an artist. While most of us were simply playing with crayons (I was not half-bad with finger painting!), Peter was planning his future. From the very first moment that he touched paint, it brought him tremendous joy. And he already had a grasp on the power and influence that continues to define his life: ART.

However, like the Beatles song of 1970, it was a ‘Long and Winding Road’ for Peter. There were challenges. I’m reminded of a powerful quote by Maya Angelou:

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”

To read the full story in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

SARAH BARBER: Interior Designer – Get to Work!

   Sarah Barber Design Studio is located in the popular Yorkville Village of Toronto, Ontario. Its owner of the same name had initially planned for a career in architecture, but on learning more about interior design, she saw just how much crossover there is with architecture, and shifted her plan. Envisioning design as her new direction, she threw herself into it, and has been consistent in applying that degree of passion to every project since.

Sarah finds great satisfaction in a style of working that includes the construction process. From that point for start she can head the design, the build, and interior detailing all in the same project. She has become convinced that uniqueness in design comes from the user’s own personality and lifestyle. She integrates different design elements to create a style of its own. Summed up in her words, “It’s all about balance.”

   Unique to her design is a personal style that involves a layering of traditional architecture. In example, Sarah layers crown moulding, trim work and coffered ceilings with modern elements and sleek furnishings. Or by reversing the process, she approaches a minimalist space and adds luxurious stylings. To create comfort, she takes great care to balance the masculine and feminine vibes. Adding a client’s personal items such as travel keepsakes and artwork is key to achieving optimum results. Keenly aware of the importance of a good lighting plan to make or break a space, it is never overlooked or undervalued throughout the planning.

To read the full story in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

DEMAINE TYRONE: Fashion Designer – Feature Interview

When I met Demaine for the first time, I had no idea who he was. He’s a big guy, towering over most people, and I assumed that he must play professional basketball or football. But what I really noticed first was his very cool style.

   I found him engaging, articulate and confident, so naturally I was curious to find out more about him. When our conversation shifted into discussing his style, he proudly exclaimed that he was a fashion designer!

Weeks later, I attended Demaine’s first runway show at IFE, where he received a standing ovation for his designs. That’s when I decided he’d earned an opportunity for an interview in Spencer.

Joseph Edward Schur: Thank you for this interview, Demaine. Please, tell us something about your beginnings.

Demaine Tyrone: My background is Jamaican, and I grew up in a big family with lots of gatherings and celebrations. Early on, I noticed fashion and statement looks that are a part of Jamaican culture. I found inspiration from being surrounded by style, and especially looked up to my parents who were always well dressed. I lived in Fort McMurray and Vancouver during the past ten years, and just recently returned to my home base of Toronto about two years ago. Spending time in different Canadian cities has helped me understand the Canadian fashion landscape even more.

To read the full story in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

 

JONNY STARKE’S NEW RELEASE: “Lay it On”

NEW SINGLE

“Lay It On”

Release date: January 29th, 2021

Jonny’s original songs are derived from his rise/falls in life as well as the world around him. In these songs Jonny delivers a soulful grit but peacefulness to his dynamic craft where he leaves everything in the open and lays it all on the line. Jonny released his debut album “Father’s Boy” which was written around the lost of his Father to cancer in 2017.

Jonny has become a rising and upcoming name in the International music scene, he competed in the “Shot” season8 2020 and released his latest single “These Four Walls” in July of last year https://youtu.be/JN4pswFYnwg which did very well in the U.K. and Internationally. Jonny was also featured right here in Spencer Magazine and is working on releasing new material this year!

“Lay It On” captures the tug and war of a relationship. It’s about realizing your self worth, understanding your partners worth, holding strong, loving what you have (good & bad), fighting for it and killing the silence which can drown a relationship.

The unspoken is always left Unknown.

 

RYAN LUNN’S New Single “Embers”

“Embers”

New Single by Ryan Lunn!

Ryan Lunn is a Nashville Recording, multi-award -winning Singer Songwriter, Producer, Actor & Model.

Ryan has produced and recorded a 14- song concept album and 2 EP’s fully comprised of his own Songs. Both on stage and in film, Ryan has starred and supported in over 35 productions. He is a confident actor in both Comedic and Dramatic scripts. Ryan has achieved much success as a songwriter and promoter in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada, winning more Niagara Music Awards than any other artist over the past 2 years.

This song “Embers” is an ambient and lyrical snapshot of the honesty and weight partners carry while raising a family, managing a business and finding the balance to keep focus on the love shared and leaning into the falls of life’s many challenges together. The song is specific in its detailing our need for an escape to rekindle the fire.

In 2019 Ryan Lunn received the Songwriter of the Year Award at the Niagara Music Awards where he was flown to Nashville TN to record a new single with renowned Canadian producer Thomas Tawgs” Salter. With “Tawgs” expertise, wisdom and talent, he and Ryan created an extraordinary song called “Embers.”

PEYTON GARCIA: “Under the Mistletoe” Cover!

PEYTON GARCIA performing the cover of Justin Bieber’s

“Under the Mistletoe”

By Joseph Edward Schur

This is one heck of a talented kid. I’ve been fortunate to become friends with Peyton and his awesome family. Every now and then, I have a chance to get to know, on a personal level, a real superstar in-the-making. And you can bet that Peyton is going places.

As a member of the Mini Pop Kids, Peyton tours across Canada and the United States, always to sold out crowds.

 

Peyton’s Story:

“I am an elementary student from a French Immersion School in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.  I may seem quiet at first, but when I’m on stage, my passion for performing gives me the confidence I need to share my voice and moves. I love making people smile through my music. I want to be an inspiration to other kids and remind them that with hard work and dedication, you can be anything you want to be.”

 

About Peyton:

“I am so grateful and so proud to be a member of the Mini Pop Kids, a Top selling Canadian Kids’ Sensation group. 

Last June, over 630 children auditioned, but only 8 of us were chosen. Since then, we have been on a whirlwind experience: from a bi-coastal 41 Show Tour, recording a 2 disc CD of 24 cover songs, including 2 original songs, making 7 music videos, and appearing on over a dozen radio and television shows, such as Breakfast Television, CTV, and Global Morning.”

Peyton’s Influences:

“Watching old music videos and listening to my Uncle who passed away of heart disease inspires me to do what I love and work hard. I believe that we should always do what makes us happy.”

 

 

 


ROSITA STONE: Decide Ya Por Fin – OFFICIAL VIDEO

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