Okanagan distillery sweeps the podium at World Spirits Awards

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery won eight medals at the 2017 World-Spirits Awards, held in Germany.
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KELOWNA - At what is akin to the Academy Awards of spirits, an Okanagan distillery swept the stage at the World Spirits Awards in Germany, taking home eight medals.

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery received a medal in each of of the categories in which it was nominated at the World Spirits Awards, held in Rüdesheim am Rhein - just outside of Frankfurt in Germany, according to a media release. The distillery was awarded five gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

“Chris was literally weighed down in medals with the amazing sweep of eight awards. Talk about owning the podium,” C.E.O. Tyler Dyck says in the release.

The top scoring gold medal included the distillery’s Laird of Fintry Single Malt Whisky, which a score of 92.3 points. This was the second time their Single Malt Whisky won gold at the awards.

Sampled by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge during his visit to Kelowna last summer, the whisky is the first Canadian whisky to receive a gold medal at the World Spirits Awards, the release says.

Other medals included gold for the distillery’s Taboo Absinthe, Aquavit - a Scandinavian gin, Blackcurrent and Haskap Liquer - which won a double gold at the 2015 World Spirit Awards. The distillery’s rhubarb liqueur was awarded silver, at its first appearance at the awards. Bronze medals were awarded to the Family Reserve Vodka and Gin de Mononcle - created in partnership with Quebec chef Martin Picard.

“As a craft distillery that specializes in producing 100 per cent B.C. spirits, we are proud to keep proving our quality on a global scale and continue to showcase what B.C. and Canada is capable of in the world of craft distilling,” Dyck says.

Okanagan Spirits is based in Vernon and has a boutique distillery downtown Kelowna.

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