About North American Whiskies from Canada

About North American Whiskies from Canada
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

North American Whiskies

Masterson’s 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of apple-cinnamon, pastry dough, concord grape jam, and banana-cashew shake with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a breezy caraway, ginger sweet-and-sour sauce, challah, béchamel with dill, and lemon zest finish. A creamy, rye-forward whiskey that offers a delicate sipping option.
Lot No. 40 Canadian Whisky
93 points
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, long finish manifesting suggestions of 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
J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old Canadian Whisky
93 points
Golden amber color. Buttery, toasty aromas of caramel buttercream and latte with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, long 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
J.P. Wiser’s "Red Letter" 2015 Edition Canadian Whisky
93 points
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 finish that presents accents of 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
Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
92 points
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Canadian Whiskey
92 points $21.99 Best Buy
Pike Creek Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels
92 points
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 finish that shows touches of roasted nuts, pepper, and minerals finish. A vibrant, spicy Canadian whisky with an appealing rum raisin like character.
92 points $29.99
J.P. Wiser’s "Legacy" Canadian Rye Whisky
92 points
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
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Canadian Whisky
91 points
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 finish with accents of 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
Kirkland Signature Blended Canadian Whisky
91 points
Best Buy
Bright golden amber color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of fruitcake, caramelized nuts, banana muffin, and maple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows nuances of honeyed raisin toast, sweet and peppery spices, creme brulee, and roasted nuts finish. A very tasty and nicely balanced Canadian whisky for sipping or cocktails.
91 points $18.99 Best Buy
Gooderham & Worts Canadian Whisky
91 points
Brilliant amber color. Toasty, grainy aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate raisin maple fudge, hint of coffee, and leather and stone with an full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long sassafras float, grain and cedar, tobacco, and peppercorns finish. A nice dry, grainy whisky for sipping or cocktails.
91 points $44.95