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
Georgian Bay
Gin Smash
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon-lime soda and mint with a round, vibrant, bubbly, sweet light-to-medium body and a short celery leaf, crystalized lemon and lime peel, ginger candy, and bitter almond finish. A citrusy-sweet refresher for the beach with very subtle juniper notes.
89 points $3.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Boris Cool
Lychee & Green Apple Malt Liquor
Bright clear color. Faint, unusual, floral fruity aromas of artichoke, candied orange and mango, and lychee with a supple, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, brisk apple soda, fruit cocktail, rose water, and elderflower finish. A pleasant floral fruity drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Pepito Sangria
Sangria Original
Garnet color. Bright, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of brown spices, cherry and raspberry jams, and candied oranges with a supple, crisp, petillant, off-dry body and a smooth, breezy mixed berry powder and candy finish. A pleasant lightly spicy sangria.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
"Hard Ice" Malt Liquor
Cloudy clear color. Bright, baked, citrusy aromas of baked lime and lemon lozenge with a supple, tart, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, short lemon powder drink, lemon-lime soda, and children’s aspirin finish. A crisp, citrus hard lemonade.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Boris Cool
Raspberry & Hibiscus Malt Liquor
Clear color. Delicate, fruity aromas of raspberry nonpareil and custard, candied yams, hibiscus and jasmine tea, and floral soap with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, sweet medium body and an effortless, snappy bubblegum, fruit punch, and pear soda finish. A bubblegum like rtd.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab