About Canadian Spirits

About Canadian Spirits
Without question, the most famous spirit from Canada is whiskey. Canadian whiskies, often made from rye, are elegant and lightly spicy, and although they may not rank as highly as single malt scotch, there are some examples that are of exceptional quality.

Vodkas are becoming more of a factor in Canada, which should come as no surprise, given the quality of the river and lake water used in production. Yet there are many other notable spirits produced in Canada, ranging from bitters to orange liqueur to aged brandies. The spirits industry in Canada is relatively small, but the products are well worth the search.

Top Picks for Canada

Drinklab Hop Flavored Vodka
95 points
Clear color. Piney, tropical aromas of dried mango, pine resin, and peach pie with a round, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, elegant, long starfruit, lingonberry, and sugared nuts finish. A hoppy but never bitter vodka with beautiful aromatics; a great tropical spirit to add to the cocktail enthusiasts repertoire.
95 points $24.85
Masterson’s 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of apple-cinnamon, pastry dough, concord grape jam, and banana-cashew shake with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a breezy caraway, ginger sweet-and-sour sauce, challah, béchamel with dill, and lemon zest finish. A creamy, rye-forward whiskey that offers a delicate sipping option.
Gran Gala Orange Brandy Liqueur
94 points
Best Buy
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of tropical oranges, polished fine furniture, orange sponge cakes, and steen’s syrup with a round, crisp, very sweet full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long cinnamon sticks, caramel, potpourri, and honey finish. A smooth and dreamy liqueur for any cocktail or on the rocks; try with cigars.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
PUR Vodka
94 points
Clear color. Aromas of sports drink, honeyed lime and kiwi, and bread crust with a round, bone-dry medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length violet, plum sauce, Nicoise olive, and wax paper finish. A pleasant vodka with umami notes to complement vermouth.
94 points $39.99
Aylesbury Duck Vodka
94 points
Clear color. Bright, creamy, buttery aromas of fresh granola in cream, caramel fondant, and nougat with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length praline, vanilla cream, and raisin bran finish. A delightfully smooth and creamy vodka that is a pleasure to drink.
94 points $24.99
Lot No. 40 Canadian Whisky
93 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, cedar pencil shavings and eraser, roasted nuts, and spiced fruits with a silky, fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long finish manifesting suggestions of maple fudge, vanilla, sweet and peppery spices, and oak spice finish. A rich, substantial Canadian whisky with nice layers of bold grain and wood driven flavors.
93 points $39.95
J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old Canadian Whisky
93 points
Golden amber color. Buttery, toasty aromas of caramel buttercream and latte with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, long honeyed grain, spiced roasted pistachio, gravel, and pepper dust finish. A nice combination of buttery flavor and mellowness for easy sipping.
93 points $69.95
J.P. Wiser’s "Red Letter" 2015 Edition Canadian Whisky
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, chocolate toffee, and vanilla buttercream with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a layered, long finish that presents accents of creme brulee, sweet and peppery spices, cola float, and cedar finish. A rich, well-oaked Canadian whisky with lots of character.
93 points $73.99
romeo’s Gin
92 points
Clear color. Interesting, inviting aromas and flavors of beet, green tomato, carrot, and celery smoothie, spicy lemon frosted white cake, geranium, licorice candy, grass, and caraway and rosemary with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish with touches of citrus cupcake and sweet and peppery spices finish. A fun, savory, lemony gin that is sure to please.
92 points $39.99
Willibald Barrel-Aged Gin
92 points
Medium golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of cedar, rosemary, grapefruit, lilac, and star anise with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long finish imparting elements of lemon curd on toast, cracked juniper berries, red peppercorns, and thyme finish. A complex and toasty barrel aged gin that will be excellent in classic cocktails.
92 points $44.95