Alberta Premium Cask Strength has been named ‘World Whisky of the Year’ by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021. Made and distilled in Calgary, Alberta, the spirit boasts 100 per cent prairie rye mash bills and Rocky Mountain water, resulting in a liquid that is a true reflection of Canadian pride and craftsmanship. This distinction is the third to be received by Beam Suntory in the past seven years, with Booker’s Rye Whiskey (awarded in 2017) and Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask (awarded in 2015) also attaining this best-in-class ranking.
Albert Baladi, president and CEO, Beam Suntory, said, “It is such an honour to be named World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray and we are thrilled for our Alberta Distillers team. To receive this prestigious honour is a testament to the team’s dedication and passion for crafting a premium spirit of the highest quality, and comes as at a time of Canadian whisky resurgence around the world.”
After being tasted alongside more than 1,252 whiskies in this year’s judging, it was noted by Murray as, “A succulence to the oils, balanced perfectly by ulmo and manuka honeys ensure for the most chewable Canadian mouthful possibly ever and yet this is constantly salivating, from the very first nanosecond. Truly world-class whisky from possibly the world’s most underrated distillery. How can something be so immense yet equally delicate? For any whisky lover on the planet looking for huge but nearly perfectly balanced experience, then here you go. And with rye at its most rampantly beautiful, this is something to truly worship.”
It was named ‘Canadian Whisky of the Year’ in Jim Murray’s 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Whisky Bibles. This year, it received Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
George Teichroeb, general manager, Alberta Distillers Limited, said, “On behalf of the entire Alberta Distillers team, we are honoured to have Alberta
Premium Cask Strength named ’World Whisky of the Year. We are incredibly proud of our Alberta Distillers team for creating such a unique and beautiful world-class whisky, and continually pushing the boundaries of what Canadian whisky can be.”
This prestigious accolade from Whisky Bible is the latest in a wave of recent industry honours for spirits within Beam Suntory’s broad portfolio of premium whiskies:
• Hibiki 21: Gold Medal – Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition
• Yamazaki 12: Gold Medal – Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition
• Jim Beam Black: Gold Medal – International Spirits Challenge
• Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release (RC6): Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
• Kilbeggan Single Grain: Gold Medal – International Spirits Challenge
• Auchentoshan American Oak: Gold Medal – International Spirits Challenge
• Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old Whisky – Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is the world’s leading whisky guide, featuring thousands of detailed tasting notes. Published annually, each edition features reviews of the newest whisky releases and each year, only one whisky is selected to hold the prestigious title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’.
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