BC distillers make a strong showing at the Canadian Whisky Awards

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      British Columbian distillers proved themselves among the best in the country at the 2024 edition of the Canadian Whisky Awards, held last week in Victoria.

      In what will surprise no one as Sons of Vancouver continues to focus on more than its award-winning Amaretto and liqueurs, the North Vancouver spirit-maker took home three gold awards, one each for Summer Road Trip Across the Midwest, Desert Grass and Blue Agave, and its highly coveted Palm Trees and a Tropical Breeze. (The last of which won Canadian Whisky of the Year at last year’s awards).

      After capturing two 2023 World Whiskies awards overseas last year (Best Canadian Single Malt and Best Canadian Single Cask), Victoria’s Macaloney’s Island Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery scored a gold medal on home turf for its Peat Project.

      Overall, more than two-dozen awards were handed out at the 14th annual edition of the Canadian Whisky Awards.

      Duncan’s Stillhead Distillery was awarded Best Cask Strength Whisky for its Rye Whisky—PX Cask Finish (The Strath Exclusive).

      Mad Laboratory Distillery won two silvers (Mad Lab Single Malt Whisky #6, Mad Lab Single Malt Whisky #7), and a bronze (Mad Lab Single Malt Whisky #8).

      Sons of Vancouver surfaced again in the Silver Awards category with its Raiding Nonna’s Liquor Cabinet.

      Odd Society scored Silver for two of its whiskeys (Peat & Smoke and Boneyard Whisky). The East Van-based distillery took the Award of Excellence in Product Innovation for Boneyard, which is a blend of every whisky made since it launched a whisky program in 2018. Not done there, Odd Society won Bronze Awards for its Smoke & Oak—Rauch Malt, Prospector Rye Whisky, and Commodore Single Malt.

      Granville Island’s Liberty Distillery took home Bronze nods for three offerings: Railspur No. 3 Switch, TRUST Anniversary Whiskey, and TRUST Southern Cask Strength. And Shelter Point Distillery won Bronze for its Cask Strength Single Malt and its Evans Family Reserve—Caribbean Rum Cask Finish.

      And, finally, Bearface claimed Bronze awards for its Wilderness Series 02 Mitlenatch Island Release and Bearface Triple Oak Canadian Whisky.

      The ultimate winner here, though, is every fan of Great White North whisky—especially those who need one more reminder why they are lucky to be living on the West Coast.