Here are the winning spirits of the 2022 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition

The Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition announces fifth annual competition winners

Image of Devine Distillery's Spirit of the Year award-winning Ancient Grains via Instagram

The Artisan Distillers Canada recently revealed this year’s Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition winners, and Victoria, B.C.’s Devine Distillery and Winery took home the competition’s top honours as the 2022 Artisan Spirit of the Year.

The competition itself is comprised of a national, independent panel of judges who evaluated entries from nearly 80 artisan distilleries across Canada. According to one of the judges’ notes, Devine Distillery’s Ancient Grains stood out thanks to its “Huge fruit and cedar on the nose, with salty caramel, tangerine, and tarragon and lemongrass on the palate, with white pepper on the finish. Rich, almost oily texture carries lingering tastes. A flavour bomb of a young whisky!”

The competition awarded winners in 23 categories in total, with B.C. and Quebec receiving the most Best in Class awards among the 10 provinces who submitted their spirits for consideration.

Here's a comprehensive list of the 2022 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition award winners.

Best in Class Awards

Absinthe: Strathcona Spirits Distillery (AB) – Absinthe Blanche

Aged Gin: Distillerie Fils du Roy Inc. (QC) – Gin Thuya Silver

Alternative Rum: Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery (BC) – Revy Rum

Amaro or Vermouth: Odd Society Spirits (BC) – Bittersweet Vermouth

Brandy: Maple Leaf Spirits Inc (BC) – Lady of the Cask

Classic Gin: Distillerie Wabasso Inc (QC) – Wabasso Original

Classic Vodka: Alpha Tango Spirits (QC) – Mission Kosmos

Contemporary Gin: Ampersand Distilling Company (BC) – Ampersand Gin

Contemporary Vodka: Silver Fox Distillery (ON) – Sterling Vodka

Eau de Vie: Intermiel (QC) – O eau de vie de pomme

Flavoured Gin: Alpha Tango Spirits (QC) – Echo Foxtrot

Fruit Liqueur: La Vallée Bleue Distillerie (QC) – Atokmix

Infused or Flavoured Vodka: Crooked River Distillery | Distillerie (NB) – Barrel Aged Vodka

Liqueur: Sons of Vancouver Distillery (BC) – Blue Curacao

Single Grain Whisky: Shelter Point Distillery (BC) – Shelter Point Montfort 151

Single Malt Whisky: Shelter Point Distillery (BC) – Shelter Point Double Barrel 6

Traditional Rum: Distillerie de Quebec (QC) – St-Roc Fondation

White Whisky: Bridgeland Distillery (AB) – St. Paddy's 3X Pot Distilled Grain Spirit

Young Whisky: DEVINE Distillery (BC) – Ancient Grains

Bitters: Free Pour Jenny's (YK) – Highbush Cranberry & Grapefruit Bitters

Bottled Cocktails: Patent 5 Distillery (MB) – Spiced Gin Old Fashioned

Branding: Odd Society Spirits (BC) – Monarch - Five Stage Whisky

Zero-Proof Spirits: Lumette! (BC) – Lumrum