About Eau de Vie and Fruit Brandies from Canada

About Eau de Vie  and  Fruit Brandies from Canada
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

Eau de Vie and Fruit Brandies

Magnotta Distillery Grape Barrel Aged Eau de Vie
91 points
$29.95
Golden color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, caramelized nuts, and banana cream pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a warming, nut, mineral, fig, peach, and pepper finish. Very nicely balanced and rather high-rye bourbon-like from the barrel aging, mix accordingly.
91 points $29.95
Magnotta Distillery Barrel Aged Plum Brandy
89 points
$29.95
Golden color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apricot bonbons, caramel frosting, and spice with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, peppery tropical citrus, plum pie, and toffee finish. Very tasty and a lively balance of fruit and oak. Try in Old Fashioned cocktails.
89 points $29.95
Magnotta Distillery Chardonnay Eau de Vie
84 points
$34.95
Clear. Aromas of cream, apple tart, and grape skin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming plantain, pepper, pear, and mineral finish. A solid digestif.
84 points $34.95
Magnotta Distillery Grape Eau de Vie
81 points
$29.95
Clear. Bold aromas of lime Pez, baby aspirin, overripe apples, chalk eraser, and reeds with a soft, dryish light body and a pear skin, cream, and mineral oil finish. A bit vague and clumsy for an eau-de-vie, more of a light grappa.
81 points $29.95