Cheers! Alberta distillery awarded best whisky at San Francisco competition

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After three consecutive years of double-gold medals, Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley has received the coveted platinum award for whisky at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The San Francisco competition originated in 2000, and is known for strict judging by industry experts. It is a highly respected and influential spirits competition. A medal at this competition is “the most reliable indication of spirits excellence,” Eau Claire Distillery said in a news release.

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Spirits recognized as medal-worthy by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition “are understood around the world by both the trade and consumers to be the best the industry has to offer.”

The prize-winning Rupert’s Exceptional Whisky, which retails for $35.95 a bottle, celebrates “the distinctive terroir of the Alberta Rocky Mountain foothills and its proud Canadian heritage,” according to the distillery. The whisky debuted in 2020 and has since been in the spotlight globally, “embodying the finest qualities of Canadian whisky.”

“To be recognized as the first Canadian distillery to achieve Platinum status is an incredible honour and a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence,” said David Farran, founder and president at Eau Claire Distillery.

The honour is timely for the distillery.

“Most distilleries strive for years to achieve this level of recognition, and we are proud to have reached this milestone on our 10th anniversary.”

Eau Claire distillery has unveiled a new label design for the award-winning whisky, reflecting the brand’s heritage.

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Rupert’s Exceptional Whisky is not new to success, having already won a Silver at the 2021 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, a Silver at the 2021 World Whisky Awards and a Bronze at the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards.

The prize-winning Rupert’s Exceptional Canadian Whisky. Eau Claire Distillery

About Eau Claire Distillery

Alberta-based Eau Claire Distillery prides itself on its farm-to-glass method. It uses Percheron draft horses and traditional farming methods to produce barley, saying on their website, “it keeps us connected with the terroir of the land and is an investment in preserving our heritage.”

The distillery prides itself on its connection to the province, crediting the flavours of its spirits to glacier water, barley and Alberta soil. It claims that the high altitude of the production facility’s location creates an unusual whisky maturation that is accelerated by the dry air and seasonal temperature fluctuations.

The distillery is branded as Canada’s most awarded craft distillery, according to their website.

Eau Claire Distillery’s Batch No. 7 Single Malt Whisky is also an award winner, taking home gold at the 2024 World Whisky Awards.

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