2018 Results

For 2019 results please go here

The following is a list of results of the inaugural Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition. Results are listed by spirit class. Results in bold indicate Best in Class - the highest scoring spirit in each class.

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Canadian Artisan Spirit of the Year

Sheringham Distillery Akvavit

https://www.sheringhamdistillery.com/

Gold Medal • Best in Class, Akvavit

 Selected Judges' Notes

  • Lively spray of fresh dill on the nose, with a hit of bitter bark/seed. Gorgeously round rye bread flavours of caraway and toast.

  • Finish goes on and on, with an almost molasses-like sweet-bitter note, and palate-warming spice.

  • Classic, clean and beautiful example of akvavit with loads of caraway and dill, rich texture, lingering finish.

  • Rich, brilliant, oily. Excellent mouthfeel with a good body that carries the caraway flavour notes.

  • Deliciously herbal, intense but ringing like the peel of a bell. Mouth-coating texture. Flawless balance, love the match-up of weight, alcohol and intense flavour.

Spirit Classes

Aged Gin

(gin which has been aged in a wood barrel)

Gold Medal

  • Merridale Cidery & Distillery - Cowichan Copper Gin • Best in Class

  • Odd Society Spirits - Oaken Gin

  • Park Distillery - Park Distillery Barrel Aged Gin

  • The Liberty Distillery - Endeavour Old Tom Gin

Silver Medal

  • 1769 Distillery Inc. - Madison Park Barrel-Aged Gin

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - New Tom

  • Ironworks Distillery - Ironworks Aged Gin

Bronze Medal

  • Kinsip House of Fine Spirits - Junipers Wit Gin (Barrel Aged)

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Aged Spirits

(otherwise unclassified spirits which have spent time in a wood barrel)

Silver Medal

  • Yukon Spirits - Yukon Barrel Aged Schnapps • Best in Class

  • King's Lock Craft Distillery - 1000 Islands Moonshine

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Akvavit

Gold Medal

  • Sheringham Distillery Akvavit • Best in Class

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Amaro or Vermouth

Gold Medal

  • Odd Society Spirits - Mia Amata • Best in Class

  • Odd Society Spirits- Bittersweet Vermouth

  • The Woods Spirit Company - Pacific Northwest Amaro

Silver Medal

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Moderna

Bronze Medal

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Bianca Vermouth

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Brandy or Eau de Vie

Gold Medal

  • Cidrerie Michel Jodoin - Brandy de pomme Calijo - Michel Jodoin

  • Domaine Lafrance - Georges Étienne

  • Ironworks Distillery - Ironworks Aged Pear Eau de Vie • Best in Class

  • Ironworks Distillery - Ironworks Apple Brandy

  • Merridale Cidery & Distillery - Cowichan Cider Brandy

  • Merridale Cidery & Distillery - Cowichan XXO Brandy

  • Winegarden Estate - Anis

  • Yukon Spirits - Yukon Wildberry Brandy

Silver Medal

  • Winegarden Estate - Johnny Ziegler Brandy

Bronze Medal

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Pomme

  • Merridale Cidery & Distillery - Stair's Pear Brandy

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Gin

Gold Medal

  • Ampersand Distilling Company - Ampersand Gin

  • Central City Brewers + Distillers - Queensborough Gin

  • CIRKA Distilleries - CIRKA Sauvage Dry Gin

  • Compass Distillers - Gin

  • Last Straw Distillery - Gin Twenty-One

  • RAW Distillery - Peppercorn Gin

  • Sheringham Distillery - Seaside Gin

  • The Dubh Glas Distillery - Noteworthy Gin

  • Victoria Distillers - Empress 1908 Gin • Best in Class

Silver Medal

  • 1769 Distillery Inc. - Madison Park London Dry Gin

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Tide Gin

  • Capital K Distillery - Tall Grass Gin

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Genever

  • Ironworks Distillery - Ironworks Gin

  • Junction 56 Distillery - Junction 56 Gin

  • Merridale Cidery & Distillery - Cowichan Gin

  • Park Distillery - Park Disitllery Alpine Dry Gin

  • Still Fired Distilleries - Fundy Gin

  • Taynton Bay Spirits - Gin

  • The Liberty Distillery - Endeavour Gin

  • The Newfoundland Distillery Company - The Newfoundland Distillery Company Seaweed Gin

  • Wayward Distillation House - Unruly Gin

  • Yaletown Distilling Company  - Gin

  • Yaletown Distilling Company - Cucumber Gin

  • Yaletown Distilling Company - Hopped Gin

Bronze Medal

  • CIRKA Distilleries - CIRKA GIN375

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Vin Gin

  • Distillerie du St. Laurent - St. Laurent Gin

  • Domaine Lafrance - Dandy

  • Fermentorium Distilling Co. - Stump Coastal Forest Gin

  • Mad Laboratory Distilling - Mad Laboratory Gin6

  • Odd Society Spirits - Wallflower Gin

  • Strathcona Spirits Distillery - Badland Seaberry Gin

  • Wild Life Distillery - Wild Life Distillery Gin

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Infused Vodka

Gold Medal

  • Wayward Distillation House - Wayward Order - Depth Charge • Best in Class

Silver Medal

  • Capital K Distillery - Tall Grass Dill Pickle Vodka

  • Kinsip House of Fine Spirits - Woodlands Whisper Pine Infused Vodka

  • Radouga Distilleries - Provincial Spiced Vodka

Bronze Medal

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Chili Pepper Vodka

  • Capital K Distillery - Tall Grass Espresso Vodka

  • Park Distillery - Park Distillery Vanilla Vodka

  • Park Distillery - Park Distillery Chili Vodka

  • Sons of Vancouver - Chili Vodka

  • Still Fired Distilleries - Thai Chili Vodka

  • Still Fired Distilleries - Vanilla Bean Vodka

  • Taynton Bay Spirits - Sinferno

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Liqueur

Gold Medal

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Black Currant Liqueur

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Cherry Liqueur

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Raspberry Liqueur • Best in Class

  • Odd Society Spirits - Creme de Cassis

  • Rig Hand Craft Distillery - Double Double

  • Sons of Vancouver - Coffee Liqueur Sucks

  • Wayward Distillation House - Wayward Order - Krupnik

Silver Medal

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Haskap Liqueur

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Javalley Coffee Liqueur

  • Junction 56 Distillery - Eclipse - Moonshine Anisette

  • Rheault Distillery - Sinful Cherry

  • Sons of Vancouver - Amaretto No 82

  • Still Fired Distilleries - Granny's Apple Pie Moonshine

  • Still Fired Distilleries - Night Owl Coffee Moonshine

  • Winegarden Estate - Brother Herble

Bronze Medal

  • Junction 56 Distillery - Fireshine - Cinnamon Moonshine

  • Junction 56 Distillery - Sugarshack - Maple Moonshine

  • Radouga Distilleries - Paul's Apple Pie Liqueur

  • Still Fired Distilleries - Root Beer Moonshine

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Rum

Gold Medal

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Black Bear

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Honey Shine

  • Ironworks Distillery - Bluenose Rum • Best in Class

Silver Medal

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - 5 Fathom Dark Rum

  • Ironworks Distillery - Amber Rum

  • Wayward Distillation House - Drunken Hive Rum

Bronze Medal

  • Compass Distillers - Rhumb

  • Rig Hand Craft Distillery - Brum

  • Last Straw Distillery - Blackstrap

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Vodka

Gold Medal

  • Capital K Distillery - Tall Grass Vodka

  • Junction 56 Distillery - Junction 56 Vodka • Best in Class

  • Merridale Cidery & Distillery - Vodka

  • Old Order Distilling Co. - Heritage Vodka

  • Stealth Distilleries - Stealth Vodka No.9

  • Wayward Distillation House - Unruly Vodka

Silver Medal

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Tide Vodka

  • Beatties Distillers - Beatties Farm Crafted Vodka

  • Blue Roof Distillers Ltd. - Blue Roof 100 Vodka

  • Blue Roof Distillers Ltd. - Blue Roof Premium Vodka

  • Compass Distillers - Vodka

  • Mad Laboratory Distilling - Viking Vodka

  • Nickel9 Distillery - Northern Temple

  • Park Distillery - Park Distillery Classic Vodka

  • Radouga Distilleries - Provincial Vodka

  • RAW Distillery - RAW Vodka

  • Rheault Distillery - Loon Vodka

  • Sons of Vancouver - Vodka Vodka Vodka

  • Stealth Distilleries - Stealth Vodka

  • Stone Heart Distillery Ltd. - Stone Heart Vodka

  • Strathcona Spirits Distillery - Single Grain Wheat Vodka

  • The Newfoundland Distillery Company - The Newfoundland Distillery Company Vodka

  • Wild Life Distillery - Wild Life Distillery Vodka

Bronze Medal

  • Ampersand Distilling Company - Per Se Vodka

  • Ironworks Distillery - Ironworks Vodka

  • King's Lock Craft Distillery - Von Schoultz Vodka

  • Mad Laboratory Distilling - Mad Laboratory Vodka

  • Polonée Distillery Inc. - Kannuk

  • Still Fired Distilleries - Premium Vodka

  • Taynton Bay Spirits - Vodka

  • Yaletown Distilling Company - Yaletown Distilling Company - Vodka

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Whisky

Gold Medal

  • Central City Brewers + Distillers - Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Whisky

  • Odd Society Spirits - Single Malt Whisky • Best in Class

  • The Liberty Distillery - TRUST Whiskey (Single Grain)

Silver Medal

  • Kinsip House of Fine Spirits - Kinsip Maple Whisky

  • Yaletown Distilling Company  - Canadian Whisky

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White Spirits

(otherwise unclassified white spirits, e.g. white whisky)

Gold Medal

  • Mad Laboratory Distilling - Mad Dog

  • RAW Distillery - Unaged RYE - Port Finish • Best in Class

  • The Liberty Distillery - Railspur No. 2 White (Wildflower Honey)

Silver Medal

  • Barrelling Tide Distillery - Tidal Run

Bronze Medal

  • Junction 56 Distillery - Junction 56 Moonshine

  • Park Distillery - Park Distillery Glacier Rye

  • Top Shelf Craft Distillers - Reunion 100 Proof Moonshine

  • Tumbleweed Spirits Inc. - Fireweed Whiskey

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Young Whisky

(aged under three years)

Gold Medal

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Glen Saanich • Best in Class

  • De Vine Wines & Spirits - Ancient Grains

  • King's Lock Craft Distillery - Canada's Whiskyjack Rye

Silver Medal

  • Hansen Distillery - Border Crossing Rye Spirit

  • Hansen Distillery - Ring of Fire Rye Spirit

  • King's Lock Craft Distillery - Prescott White Rye

  • Old Order Distilling Co. - Okanagan Highland Whisky

  • True North Distilleries Ltd. - Black Dog After Dark

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