About Canadian Whiskey

Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
Canadian Whisky is made primarily from corn or wheat, with a supplement of rye, barley, or barley malt. There are no Canadian government requirements when it comes to the percentages of grains used in the mash bill. Unlike Bourbons, they are aged, primarily in used oak barrels. The minimum age for Canadian Whisky is three years, with most brands being aged four to six years. Virtually all Canadian whiskies (except the pot-distilled malt whiskies of Glenora in Nova Scotia) are blended from different grain whiskies of different ages. Bulk Canadian Whiskies are usually shipped in barrels to their destination country where they are bottled. These bulk whiskies are usually bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof) and are usually no more than four years old. "Bottled in Canada" whiskies generally have older components in their blends and are bottled at 43.4% ABV (86.8 proof).

Canadian whiskies, as with their American cousins, originated on the farm. These early whiskies were made primarily from rye. In time most Canadian distillers turned to corn, wheat, and other grains, but Canadians continue to refer to their whisky as "Rye" even though the mash bill for most Canadian Whisky is now predominantly a mix of corn, wheat, and barley, with only a modest proportion of rye for flavor, which results in a lighter-bodied spirit.
Top Picks for Canadian Whiskey
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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
219023
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