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
206211
Magnotta Distillery
Vidal Ice Grappa
Clear. Aromas of overripe apple and potato skins, banana yogurt, and nut brittle with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honey cream and mineral accented finish. Flavorful and stylish.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206213
Magnotta Distillery
Cabernet Franc Ice Grappa
Clear. Aromas of honey roasted nuts, dried potato, cooked barley and rice, and carob with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet cream, nougat, and a grilled banana finish. Interesting roasted, umami quality; will be fun to mix with, especially in Asian inspired cocktails.
85 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206212
Magnotta Distillery
Riesling Ice Grappa
Clear. Aromas and flavors of porridge with dried bananas, apples, nougat and balsa with a slightly tannic dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming pepper, dusty mineral, and banana leaf accented finish.
84 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab