Customer Favourites of 2015

These 12 products were the year's best sellers – find out why these amazing new discoveries rose to the top of the pack. 

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Instant Classic

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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One of the pioneers in the craft brewing industry, Sierra Nevada is still one of the most successful. Its Pale Ale has become a classic with legions of fans who enjoy its crisp, lingering and pleasantly balanced bitterness. All-natural and bottle conditioned, its unique pine and grapefruit aromas come from whole-cone American hops.

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Most Popular Cider

Strongbow Gold Apple Cider

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The original Strongbow British Dry remains one of the icons in the cider world. Now its equally talented offspring, Strongbow Gold, has captured the spotlight. Crafted from ripe, carefully selected apples, it’s sweet and crisp with flavours of Gala apple, green apple candy, honey and applesauce.

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Best Session Ale

Cruiser All Day Pale Ale

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This lively pale ale from Amsterdam Brewery has kept you coming back for more. This session ale (one of the strongest trends in craft beer recently) is a full-flavoured hoppy beer with a lower alcohol by volume (ABV), a refined drinkability, rich tropical flavours and a crisp, refreshing taste with a big citrus punch. What a winner!

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Hottest Couple

Snapple Spiked Peach Tea Vodka

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Your favourite iced tea has paired up with vodka for the season’s greatest union. The result is a spiked version of your favourite daytime drink. With aromas of earthy black tea leaves plus peach and a touch of sweet flavour, this will be one union you’ll hope lasts forever.

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Best Italian Star

The Wanted Zin Old Vines Zinfandel IGT

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A full-bodied wine of Italian origin dressed in a stylish Californian image — Old World meets New World. It has a complex bouquet of cherries, blueberries, coconut, vanilla and is full-bodied yet smooth. The finish is long and lingering, with a burst of spice and bright fruit at the end. What style.

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Most Surprising Twist

Beronia, Rioja, Tempranillo Elaboracion Especial

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This unusually barrel-fermented Tempranillo from Spain began as an experiment and turned into a commercial hit. Once solely a Vintages product and now available year-round at the LCBO, look for its red fruit aromas with notes of chocolate, liquorice and cinnamon, and its lush cherry flavour.

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Best Shiraz

Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz

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The winemakers at Jacob's Creek sourced aged barrels that had cradled premium whiskies for up to 20 years, and soon discovered that the double-barrel finishing process lent additional complexity and texture to wines. This Shiraz has a beguiling mix of sweet red fruits, dark chocolate and complex nuances of almond husks.

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Local Hero

Open Smooth White VQA

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Just as the label suggests, this is a smooth and easygoing wine and, not surprisingly, was one of the most popular VQA wines of last year. The perfect crowd-pleaser, it boasts flavours of ripe stone fruit, lemon, apple and a touch of honey on a soft finish. Try it with roast chicken.

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Hottest Star

Bacardi Fuego

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The word fuego is Spanish for fire and this spicy offering from Bacardi sips smoothly but delivers real heat. Made with the flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg and aged in torched barrels for a hint of smokiness, this rum's meant to be sipped neat, or, if you are feeling adventurous, with three drops of hot sauce.

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Favourite French Import

Cîroc Original Unflavoured

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Cîroc has an exceptionally light and distinct flavour with a fresh, smooth taste and a crisp, clean finish. A five times-distilled spirit from two classic European grape varieties — Mauzac Blanc and Ugni Blanc — it’s smooth enough to sip neat over ice, and perfect when cast as the title role in your favourite stylish martini cocktail.

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World Famous

Crown Royal Harvest Rye

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This newly anointed "World Whisky of the Year" blends two exceptional ryes – one distilled from a copper pot, the other crafted in a copper column still. Perfectly aged, it is a bold, yet smooth whisky for those with uncompromising taste who will appreciate its initial flavours of roasted rye spices followed by sun-dried raisins and freshly sliced green apples.

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Best Collaboration

J.P. Wiser's Hopped Canadian Whisky

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In this full-flavoured whisky, you get unique characteristics of hops with rich notes of roasted malt and the spice of J.P. Wiser’s rye. Inspired by premium craft beers, J.P. Wiser’s Hopped is an exceptional whisky that celebrates the art and craft of both brewing and distilling.

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