Graham Martens of Old Order Distilling Co. holds up a glass of one of their previous creations, Black Goat Vodka. The craft distiller is now getting accolades for its new Canadian whisky.                                File photo

Graham Martens of Old Order Distilling Co. holds up a glass of one of their previous creations, Black Goat Vodka. The craft distiller is now getting accolades for its new Canadian whisky. File photo

Whisky garners accolades for Penticton distillery

The whisky received a silver medal at the Canadian Artisan Spirits Awards

Old Order Distilling Co. just released their first Canadian whisky and it is already garnering accolades.

The whisky received a silver medal at the Canadian Artisan Spirits Awards when it was initially submitted last fall as an under-three-year-old whisky.

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“With 45 of Canada’s roughly 120 small-batch distilleries, B.C. has led the country in building this exciting new industry,” said Alex Hamer, Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition founder.

During a blind tasting, independent judges from the CASA event describe the flavour as big and complex, tasting caramel, stone fruit, a bit of honey and oaky spices.

“(It’s) a three-year-old, single-cask, single-malt barley whisky with a limited release of only 300 bottles. The appearance is a rich amber colour, given the whisky was laid to rest in an American white oak cask that last held a premium B.C. sherry,” said Graham Martens, the owner and distiller at Old Order Distilling.