November 21, 2015 3:53 pm
Updated: November 22, 2015 11:36 am

Manitoba whisky named best in the world

The Gimli Distillery produces Crown Royal Northern Harvest, which was named World Whisky of the Year in November, 2015.

Crown Royal Website

Canada has finally made it onto the world stage of whiskey making: one Canadian distillery has won the title “World Whisky of the Year.”

The Gimli Distillery’s Crown Royal Northern Harvest was crowned king by Jim Murray, author of the 2016 Whiskey Bible.

It’s the first time a Canadian brand has won the title.

“This year, doubtless there will be many more eyebrows raised because rarely is Canada mentioned when it come to the world’s top whiskies,” Murray wrote in a press release.

“But, again, I have no doubt people finding the bottling I tasted will be blown away with this whisky’s uncompromising and unique beauty.”

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Other top whiskeys came from Kentucky, Ireland, New York, and Japan. It’s the second year in a row in which Scotland has not placed in the top five in the prestigious rankings.

It’s a distinction that has some Scots reeling.

The Gimli Distillery is in a small Manitoba town just north of Winnipeg, which Murray describes as where “the Prairies are at their Prairiest.”

The prize isn’t the only thing that has brought Manitoba onto the map in recent days. National Geographic has named Winnipeg one of the Top 20 Best Trips of 2016.

Finding itself among classic travel destinations like the Danube River, Hawaii and Greenland, the magazine recognizes that the ‘Peg “doesn’t usually find its way onto bucket lists.”

“But this unpretentious prairie city proves itself worthy,” the article reads, while listing new attractions like the Human Rights Museum to classics like skating the Red River once it’s frozen over.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Provencher Bridge after the snow on Thursday.

Michelle Lissel / Global News

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