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World’s best whisky distilled in Gimli, Man., but good luck getting some

Crown Royal's Northern Harvest Rye named the World Whisky of the Year for 2016.

WINNIPEG—Manitobans looking to get someone a bottle of the world’s best whisky for Christmas are out of luck.

Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye has sold out at every location in the province.

Manitoba Liquor Marts’ spokeswoman Karen Hiebert says they got a surprise shipment Dec. 21 and people were lined up at the doors the next morning.

She says the liquor, which is made in Gimli, Man., sold out within minutes at some Winnipeg locations.

Hiebert says they won’t be getting any more until January.

Jim Murray’s “Whisky Bible” named the rye as the World Whisky of the Year for 2016.

Murray’s website says it is the first time a Canadian product has won the top prize.

He says he tasted more than 1,000 new whiskies before making his announcement and gives Northern Harvest Rye 97.5 out of 100 points.

Murray, who is based in the United Kingdom, says Canada is rarely mentioned when it come to the world’s top whiskies.

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