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
Montreal Dry Gin
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of cucumber soda, celery salt, baking spice, and melons and mango with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a captivating, medium-length juniper and citrus marinated olives finish. Savory combines with spice in this versatile gin.
94 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Clear color. Bright, creamy, nutty grainy aromas of butter pecan ice cream, toasted spice cake, and salt water taffy with a velvety, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long herbal honey on raisin rye baguette, toasted herbs, junipers, and pepper finish. A powerful, dimensional gin with a superb spicy grain foundation.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery
Clear color. Herbal aromas of bruised sweet herbs, wheat flakes and malt, juniper and orange peel, and roasted pine nuts with a glycerous, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long ginger powder, grain of paradise, and hay finish. An herbal gin with a big grain backbone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Premium Gin
Bizarre electric golden yellow color. Mild, spicy, green aromas and flavors of spicy gherkin, sweet and hot peppers, and egg nog with a glycerous, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length spicy bread pudding, dusty juniper and pine sap, dried citrus, and minerals finish. A colorful gin with a peppery streak for savory cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Brilliant clear color. Muted, sweaty aromas and flavors of citrus and banana candies, sweet pickling spices, pepper dust, and mango-papaya tea with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, breezy tomato jelly on toast, fresh herbs, grain, and wheatgrass finish. A mellow, grassy, grainy gin.
84 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Brilliant gold color. Bright, savory, sweet aromas and flavors of bbq embers, mocha, charred coconut, and glued wood with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts, cola float, wet lumber, and smoked peppers and bbq finish. A sturdy, very woody barrel-aged gin that will function more like a dark rum in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Clear color. Bright, interesting, exotic aromas of papaya-pineapple custard, almond berry cookie, and spiced melon with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length orange blossom water, horchata, pink pepper, and herbs finish. A decidedly different, fruit forward gin with a very soft brush of juniper; this will appeal to vodka drinkers.
84 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Magnotta Distillery
True Gin
Faint, dusty aromas of rubber balloon and old scone with a dry light body and an inert Styrofoam, musty dried fruit, and chalk finish. Totally insipid and un-gin-like, more of a vodka.
80 points $24.75
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab