Recent Whisky Awards Prove Why This is Canada's Year

06/12/2017 by

How often does following your true passion lead to the highest benchmark of success? One Canadian experienced the ultimate professional validation by way of an impressive win at the 2017 World Whiskies Awards.

Dr. Don Livermore - J.P. Wiser's Master Blender and one of few in the world with a PhD in Brewing and Distilling - developed his rye thesis in 2005 at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, which examined how the flavour profile of a whisky can be drawn out through the quality of a barrel. The resulting liquid, aptly named J.P. Wiser's Dissertation, was just crowned World's Best Blended Limited Release Best Canadian Blended Limited Release at the awards.

J.P. Wiser's Dissertation is the result of Livermore's study in how the wood character from a barrel can extract the richest notes of vanilla, toffee and spice. Traditionally, the practice of whisky blending involves a great deal of nosing, or smelling, to determine the char level of a barrel and how it could impact the liquid. But, by introducing infrared sensor technology, an innovation pioneered by Livermore, he was able to determine exactly how much wood would be extracted into the whisky after just 30 seconds, and thus removing much of the guess work.

"Barrels play an incredibly important role in shaping the flavour profile of a whisky, but they have always been the biggest frustration of even the most expert blenders," says Don Livermore. "Using cutting edge technology and incorporating science into the art of blending changed the practice altogether."

The World Whiskies Awards, presented by Whisky Magazine, selects, rewards and promotes the very best whiskies in various categories from around the world. This year marks the first time J.P. Wiser's has won in the World's Best Blended Limited Release Best Canadian Blended Limited Release categories.

Available exclusively at the LCBO ($64.95) as part of the J.P. Wiser's Rare Cask Series, whisky lovers can now get their hands on a bottle of J.P. Wiser's Dissertation, just in time for Father's Day. With only 12,000 bottles ever produced, the whisky will be available only for a limited time.