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Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye Canadian Whisky of the Year 2017


27th January 2017

Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye named Canadian Whisky of the Year 2017.

Masterson's 10 Year Old RyeThe 7th annual Canadian Whisky Awards held this month in Victoria, B.C. has named Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye as the Canadian Whisky of the Year 2017.

Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye is produced from a 100% rye mash which is quite uncommon even for a Canadian whisky. Canadian Rye whisky is named Rye whisky because rye was the typical mash of most Canadian whiskies, it has no legal requirement to include rye at all! As I said a 100% rye whisky is uncommon even American Rye whiskey's do not wonder far from minimum legal requirement for a 52% rye mashbill.

Bottled at 45% ABV it certainly impressed the judges at the  Canadian Whisky of the Year 2017 awards, chairman of the judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, described the winner, "as that rare combination of balance, complexity and robust flavour that exemplifies the best traditions of rye whisky. It is at once spicy, muscular, with an ever-so elegant nose and palate. It is this combination that has spurred the unprecedented interest and demand for Canadian whisky. Indeed, when the rye whisky renaissance took off in the US five years ago, it was Canadian distillers who supplied much of the whisky, and of these, Masterson's is one of the best."

As the country's preeminent Canadian whisky competition, the independent and blind judging panel, served up some surprise honours to relative newcomers like Toronto's Stalk & Barrel Rye and Twelve Barrels from Ottawa, which took home top spot as the Domestic Value Whisky of the Year. Long-established brands like Crown Royal, Gooderham & Worts, and Forty Creek were also well represented, taking home numerous distinctions for their continued innovation and well-established commitment to quality.

Sadly there is still a lack of availability of many Canadian whiskies on this side of the Atlantic, there was limited availability of the award winning Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye but you would be very lucky to get hold of a bottle now given this recent accolade. All is not lost as a number of the outstanding whiskies Canada is producing can be found at a few specialist online Whisky Shops trying to do something about that and trying to make more available to whisky connoisseurs.
 

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