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
219002
PUR
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of sports drink, honeyed lime and kiwi, and bread crust with a round, bone-dry medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length violet, plum sauce, Nicoise olive, and wax paper finish. A pleasant vodka with umami notes to complement vermouth.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214416
Aylesbury Duck
Vodka
Clear color. Bright, creamy, buttery aromas of fresh granola in cream, caramel fondant, and nougat with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length praline, vanilla cream, and raisin bran finish. A delightfully smooth and creamy vodka that is a pleasure to drink.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211363
Prince Igor
Extreme Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, clean, citrusy aromas of porcelain, pepper, and dried citrus with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, powdered sugar, and minerals finish. Great texture and balance with an elegant style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207144
Yukon
Winter Vodka
Clear color. Grainy aromas of granola, nuts, and honeycomb with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a rye cookie and zucchini bread finish. A fun and flavorful grainy vodka for fall and winter craft cocktails and brown spirits drinkers.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206948
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery
Valhalla Vodka
Clear in color. Bold aromas of toasty raisin bran and apricot granola with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed melon, cream, and delicate pepper finish. Lots of fruit character that will make for flavor-packed cocktails.
93 points $37.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214449
Left Coast
Hemp Vodka
Clear color. Lively, interesting, nutty grainy aromas of hazelnut bran muffin, granola bar, halva, and grain flour sack with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length whole wheat pastry, date cake, straw, and pepper dust finish. A very distinctive and flavorful unflavored vodka for adventurous cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206864
Loon
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of honeydew melon, green apple candy, and meringue with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a sugared citrus and stone accented finish. Tastes flavored, but very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211257
Ironworks
Vodka
Clear silver color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of apricots and raisins in cream and pear with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, easy dried apples in cream, minerals, and delicate peppery spice finish. A very fruity and attractive vodka that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218615
Georgian Bay
Vodka
Clear color. Grainy, herbal aromas of juniper, ginseng, and rye berry with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long ginseng, buckwheat porridge, sweet and sour mix, and cashew butter finish. A nice example of craft vodka with nutty notes.
86 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211362
Prince Igor
Vodka
Clear color. Mild, grainy, minerally aromas of stone and pepper with a supple, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nougat, custard, powdered sugar, and chalk finish. A nice zesty, creamy vodka that will liven up cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab