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Three Golds for Corby at International Wine and Spirit Competition

By CNW Group Ltd.   


TORONTO, March 31, 2022 /CNW/ – Corby Spirit and Wine has earned some new decorations for several of its brands.

At the 2022 International Wine and Spirit Competition, gold medals were adorned on Corby’s Lot No. 40 Dark Oak Rye Whisky — called “outstanding” by the judges — Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky and Polar Ice Vodka. Corby was also awarded two silver medals and three bronzes at the annual awards that set the international benchmark for quality.

“We take great pride in crafting premium whiskies across our family of brands, and these IWSC medals are reflective of the hard work and innovation that goes into each and every batch we create,” says Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender at the Hiram Walker and Sons distillery in Windsor, where Corby’s spirits are produced. “That we have also placed two Polar Ice Vodka products on the podium is a testament to the quality and diversity from the Corby Spirit and Wine roster. All of our medal winners have secured scores that can only be considered as excellent. We are extremely proud of that.”

The IWSC is the beverage alcohol industry’s most innovative awards program, consistently pioneering new categories that are emerging onto the drinks scene. It is also the most commercially conscious drinks competition, able to leverage is international reach on behalf of its winners.

The 2022 competition was the largest in the IWSC’s history, with more than 4,000 submissions in 21 categories, representing more than 90 countries. All spirits were tasted by the IWSC’s carefully curated panels of industry experts, led by members of its Spirits Judging Committee.


  • Lot No. 40 Dark Oak Rye WhiskyCategory: Worldwide rye whisky, unpeatedScore: 96Judges’ Tasting Notes: Expressive aromas of caramel and raw cocoa. Palate carries sweetness of fudge, butter toffee with a hint of bittersweet cherry in a very elegant manner. Creaminess of rye allows smooth dry finish with a long aftertaste. Outstanding.
  • Lot No. 40 Rye WhiskyCategory: Worldwide rye whisky, unpeatedScore: 95Judges’ Tasting Notes: Faint aromas with a gentle hint of caramel develop a complex palate bursting with layers of confected sugar and jammy purple fruits, developing into notes of cinnamon and cherry. Well balanced with richness and elegance allowing a spiced dry finish.
  • Polar Ice VodkaCategory: Vodka, neutral, corn, traditionalScore: 95Judges’ Tasting Notes: Mineral notes on the nose with a touch of toffee, vanilla and caramel. Herbaceous on the palate with tangy citrus-driven mouthfeel of apple and pear. Slight hint of black pepper on the finish.


  • J.P. Wiser’s 10-Year-Old Canadian WhiskyCategory: Worldwide whisky, blended, unpeatedScore: 90Judges’ Tasting Notes: A blend of fresh fruit salad, honey, vanilla and ginger on the nose. A beautifully warming palate of maple pecan and coffee delights with a sweet, lingering finish.NOTE: Currently only available in EU export markets, it will be launching in the United States this summer and in Canada in the fall.
  • J.P. Wiser’s Red Letter 15-Year-Old Canadian WhiskyCategory: Worldwide whisky, blended, unpeatedScore: 93Judges’ Tasting Notes: Fresh citrus and white pepper layer with soft vanilla aromas enhanced with juicy tropical undertones towards a candied orange finish.


  • Pike Creek 10-Year-Old Canadian WhiskyCategory: Worldwide whisky, blended, unpeated, cask finish)Score: 89Judges’ Tasting Notes: A bold whisky with maple and vanilla richness that lifted by a spiced sweetness on the palate.
  • Lot No. 40 Rye Explorations No. 1 Peated Quarter Cask WhiskyCategory: Worldwide rye whisky, unpeatedScore: 89Judges’ Tasting Notes: Gently peaty nose belies depth of flavours on palate where smoke leads the way to pepper heat and attitude.
  • Polar Ice Arctic Extreme VodkaCategory: Vodka, neutral, corn, traditionalScore: 89Judges’ Tasting Notes: Bags of anise and fennel on the nose with a full-bodied and spice palate.

About Corby Spirit and WineCorby Spirit and Wine Limited is a leading Canadian manufacturer, marketer and distributor of spirits and wines. Corby’s portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including J.P. Wiser’s®, Lot 40®, and Pike Creek® Canadian whiskies, Lamb’s® rum, Polar Ice® vodka, McGuinness® liqueurs, Ungava® gin, Cabot Trail® maple-based liqueurs and Chic Choc® Spiced rum, and Foreign Affair® wines. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., a global leader in the spirits and wine industry, Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet® and Ballantine’s® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob’s Creek®, Wyndham Estate®, Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo®, and Kenwood® wines. Corby is a publicly traded company based in Toronto, Ontario, and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols CSW.A and CSW.B.

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