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
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Lot No. 40
Canadian Whisky
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, 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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J.P. Wiser’s
18 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Buttery, toasty aromas of caramel buttercream and latte with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214126
J.P. Wiser’s
"Red Letter" 2015 Edition Canadian Whisky
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209585
Pike Creek
10 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Deep amber copper color. Rich aromas of mocha gelato, chocolate banana, and delicate spiced nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, subtle, long vanilla buttercream, coconut macaroon, sandalwood, and limestone finish. An elegant and very polished whisky with lots of layers of flavor.
93 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205650
Royal Canadian
Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of mocha, spumoni, and toasty praline with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy root beer float, dried fruit, pepper and mineral finish. A nice flavorful, traditionally styled Canadian whisky for sipping or mixing.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205470
Forty Creek
Heart of Gold Reserve Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of malted chocolate powder, honeyed figs, and roasted whole nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, creamy toffee, mineral and peppery spice finish. A delicious and elegantly balanced sipping whisky.
93 points $69.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219021
Forty Creek
Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Creamy aromas of flan, vanilla caramel sauce, orange zest, coconut shell and walnuts, and waffles with maple syrup with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy olorosso sherry, roasted almonds, milk chocolate coated toffee, and jicama finish. A lovable creamy and vanilla forward Canadian whiskey to shoot or mix with friends.
92 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214128
Pike Creek
Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels
Amber color. Sweet, grainy aromas and flavors of rum caramel cake, coffee ice cream, and dried tropical fruit with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, long roasted nuts, pepper, and minerals finish. A vibrant, spicy Canadian whisky with an appealing rum raisin like character.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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J.P. Wiser’s
"Legacy" Canadian Rye Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of tropical fruit cake, chocolate, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long mocha cream, honey roasted nuts, cedar, and baking spice finish. A rich, versatile, flavor-laden whisky with lots of rye character.
92 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Forty Creek
Double Barrel Reserve Canadian Whisky
Light amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and eggnog and crepes with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, buoyant buttered toast, rosewood, black pepper, and water chestnut finish. A spicy, bourbon-like Canadian whiskey that will be perfect for winter cocktails and tiki-twists.
91 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab