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
Magnotta Distillery
Grape Barrel Aged Eau de Vie
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Magnotta Distillery
Barrel Aged Plum Brandy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Magnotta Distillery
Chardonnay Eau de Vie
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Magnotta Distillery
Grape Eau de Vie
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab