DEVINE Distillery named
Artisan Distillery of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards
DEVINE Distillery & Winery was delighted to be named Artisanal Distillery of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards. The accolade was one of several for the Vancouver Island venture, as DEVINE experienced the best showing ever for its small-batch craft whiskies. In addition, DEVINE Distiller Ken Winchester received a special Lifetime Achievement Award.
DEVINE whiskies are made exclusively from BC-grown ingredients using traditional techniques. DEVINE’s Ancient Grains young whisky, which is a unique blend of barley, spelt, emmer, khorosan, and einkorn, earned the following accolades at the Canadian Whisky Awards:
Best Whisky Spirit (for the 3rd year in a row)
Best Mixed Mash Whisky
Gold medal (for the 2nd year in a row)
In addition, DEVINE’s Glen Saanich Single Malt Whisky earned a silver medal.
Ken Winchester, who recently retired as DEVINE’s Distiller, was lauded by the Awards for “a lifetime of contributions not only in Canada but America as well.” Awards presenter Davin de Kergommereaux noted that “Ancient Grains alone puts [Winchester] at the head of the pack.”
Winchester notes he is “deeply honoured by this [Lifetime Achievement] award. I’ve always believed that Canadians are capable of making whiskies that rank among the best in the world. I’m glad that people feel I’ve contributed to the development of our industry. There are so many talented people, and such great opportunities, in this country. I look forward to tasting what comes next!”
Usually held in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival, the Canadian Whisky Awards were broadcast online this year. The competition recognizes exceptional-quality whiskies that are distilled and matured in Canada. Premium, value, and flavoured whiskies are blind tasted by a panel of independent whisky experts.
DEVINE produces not only top-quality whiskies, but also gin, rum, eau de vie, vermouth, and wines.
DEVINE Distillery & Winery
Artisanal Distillery of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards
6181B Old West Saanich Road
About DEVINE Distillery and Winery: Located on Vancouver Island, DEVINE Distillery & Winery is a small-batch craft distillery that creates premium spirits exclusively from British Columbia-grown ingredients. Their handcrafted whiskies have received numerous awards and accolades. As well as top-quality whisky, DEVINE also produces gin, rum, eau de vie, vermouth, and wine. DevineVineyards.ca
About the Canadian Whisky Awards: Held in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival, the Canadian Whisky Awards are the first and only competition devoted exclusively to Canadian whisky. The Awards recognize producers of high-quality whiskies in the premium, value, and flavoured categories. All entries are judged blind by a panel of independent experts. Canadian Whisky Awards evaluations are relied on by whisky producers, distributors, retailers, and fans alike. CanadianWhisky.org
Media release and images provided by Dana Lee Harris, Dana Lee Consulting Ltd.