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ONTARIO: Sudbury's Crosscut Distillery has the highest-rated vodka in Ontario

And their gin brought home a gold medal, too
The line of spirits at Crosscut Distillery includes limited editions like a corn whiskey and haskap and blueberry gin, alongside their standard offerings of Local Harvest Gin and Triple Grain Vodka, both of which earned accolades in the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition. (File) 

Crosscut Distillery comes out on top in the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition with its Local Harvest Gin and Triple Grain Vodka.

Artisan Distillers Canada hosted the competition for its second year with distilleries from all across Canada. The competition was judged by industry professionals with knowledge and vast experience with spirits. They conducted a blind tasting, evaluating spirits on nose, palate, finish and quality.

Crosscut Distillery’s Local Harvest Gin placed Gold, which represents an excellent example of style and is considered a rare honour.

The Triple Grain Vodka placed Silver, making it the highest-rated vodka entry from Ontario.

“Canada’s microdistillers are making so many interesting and delectable spirits it’s hard to know which ones to try first,” said Davin de Kergommeaux, author of the award-winning book,“Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Expert”.

“With a strong range of entries and a credible judging panel, The Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition highlights the best of the best. This, in turn, tells consumers where to start exploring them.”

Crosscut Distillery has been able to source ingredients from local foragers and build a one-of-a-kind following, said the press release. Crosscut Distillery says it takes its inspiration from the old-world craftsmanship of small batch pot distilling, as well as Northern Ontario’s founding industries: forestry and mining.