The Whisky Explorer Awards

Canada's Awards for All Whiskies

Canada’s first all-inclusive whisky awards

Welcome to The Whisky Explorer Awards, Canada's first all-inclusive whisky competition. We are proud to be the first and only awards ceremony highlighting all whisky regions available in Canada. Our mission is to showcase the unique and diverse range of whiskies that are only available in Canada and provide a platform for world brands, distributors, retailers, and enthusiasts to discover the best whiskies by region and country.

Our awards are led by Canada's Whisky Ambassador, Mike Brisebois, ensuring that the selection process is fair and accurate. A panel of judges consists of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in the industry who evaluate whiskies from Canada, USA, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, and the rest of the World. Our selection includes all types of whisky, from single malts to blends, bourbons to ryes, and everything in between.

Winning a Whisky Explorer Award is a great way for brands to gain recognition and showcase their whisky as the best in Canada. Our awards provide a valuable opportunity for brands to gain exposure and build their reputation among distributors, retailers and enthusiasts. We announce three winners per category, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, to recognize the best in class in each category.

Join us on our journey of discovery as we explore the world of Canadian whiskies and discover the best that Canada has to offer.

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Showcasing whiskies only available in Canada

The Whisky Explorer Awards, where we highlight the best whisky made available in Canada. We understand that as Canadian Whisky enthusiasts, it can be difficult to navigate the vast selection of whiskies available and find the truly outstanding ones. That's why we created an awards ceremony that recognizes the best whiskies available in Canada and provides a trusted source for enthusiasts to discover new and exciting expressions.

Our judging panel is multicultural, diverse, inclusive, and reputable, ensuring that the selection process is fair and accurate. To qualify for the awards, the whisky must be available for purchase in Canada, and our panel of judges selects the winners in person after tasting each whisky blind. This ensures that the awards are fully independent of the whisky industry, guaranteeing unbiased and honest results.

The Whisky Explorer Awards are a great opportunity for brands and distributors to showcase their expressions and gain recognition among Canadian Whisky enthusiasts. Winning a Whisky Explorer Award is a great way to gain exposure and build a reputation as a top-performing brand in Canada.

How It Works

We are excited to announce that entries for our 2023 competition will open on May 1, 2023. To qualify for the awards, the whisky must be available for purchase in Canada, and entries must be available for sale in 2023.

We welcome entries from the USA and other countries, but producers must have them shipped from within Canada. Due to our regulations, we cannot accept international shipments. It is the responsibility of the producer to get their spirits into Canada before sending them to us. We will only accept entries in the form of full bottles, sample bottles will not be accepted.

The deadline for spirits shipping is September 15, 2023, and the awards will be announced in February 2024 at The Whisky Wonderland Festival. This festival is an annual event where Canadian Whisky enthusiasts can come together to celebrate, taste and discover the best in Canadian whiskies.

Join us in our mission to showcase the best whiskies available in Canada, and enter your expressions to be recognized among the best in the industry.

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