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Hiram Walker & Sons wins Distillery of the Year at Canadian Whisky Awards

J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old additionally named Whisky of the Year

WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 25, 2018 /CNW/ - Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. is honoured to announce that it has been named Distillery of the Year at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held on January 18th in Victoria, BC. In addition, a number of whiskies proudly produced at Hiram Walker & Sons took home top accolades including J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old, which won Whisky of the Year.

Hiram Walker & Sons distillery named "Distillery of the Year" at the 2018 Canadian Whisky Awards (CNW Group/Hiram Walker & Sons Limited)

The Canadian Whisky Awards recognize very best in Canadian whisky, and are held annually in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival. The competition is judged by an independent panel of whisky experts that selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind.

"Hiram Walker & Sons was the clear winner as Distillery of the Year at this year's Canadian Whisky Awards because its products truly outperformed, both in quality and range," says Davin de Kergommeaux, Chairman of the Judges, Canadian Whisky Awards. "Not only did the distillery produce the Whisky of the Year award winner, J.P. Wiser's 35 year old, but it also submitted a broad variety of other whiskies that performed very, very well in their categories."

"We're incredibly proud to be named Distillery of the Year, especially as we mark 160 years since Hiram Walker himself started this business in 1858," says Patrick O'Driscoll, President of Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. "This award is a true testament to our capacity and passion for innovation and experimentation, and of course the dedication and creativity of our fantastic employees."

In addition, Jim Stanski, who is retiring in March from his role as VP Operations at Hiram Walker & Sons, was also bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

"It's a huge honour to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Whisky Awards," says Jim Stanski, VP Operations, Hiram Walker & Sons. "I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work with a great number of individuals – colleagues and industry peers alike – who are bold, innovative, and passionate about Canadian whisky, and they have inspired me every day. With my upcoming retirement, I am confident that those coming after me will continue to uphold the traditions of quality and innovation."

About Hiram Walker & Sons Limited
Established nearly 160 years ago, Hiram Walker & Sons Limited's tradition of blending quality ingredients, processes and highly skilled people continues at the Windsor, Ontario based production facility. Hiram Walker produces brands such as J.P. Wiser's®, Lot No. 40®, Pike Creek®, Gooderham & Worts® and Royal Reserve® Canadian whiskies, Polar Ice® vodka, Malibu® and Lamb's® rums, and McGuinness® liqueurs for Canadian distribution by its affiliate, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited. Hiram Walker is a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard S.A., a leading global spirits and wine company with premium international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet® and Ballantine's® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob's Creek®, Wyndham Estate®, Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo®, Graffigna® and Kenwood® wines.

Jim Stanski, VP Operations at Hiram Walker & Sons, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Canadian Whisky Awards. (CNW Group/Hiram Walker & Sons Limited)

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