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.
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
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
Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Ice Cask Canadian Whisky
90 points
Clear golden amber color. Spicy aromas of pine and retsina, cinnamon, mace, and geranium with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length peach jam and caramel, sherry, honey coated cinnamon fritters, and wood barbecue finish. A Canadian whiskey that will serve as a great winter warmer.
90 points $46.30
Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve Canadian Whisky
90 points
Amber color. Aromas of buttered nuts, lemon rind, and peach soda with an oily, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, momentary butter and apple butter finish. A sweet and friendly Canadian whiskey.
90 points $64.99
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
89 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied walnut, butter pecan ice cream, and caramel drizzled brioche with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of hot buttered rum, cinnamon toast, allspice, and apple chips. A rock solid, round and mild Canadian Whisky with great concentration and texture.
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Whisky
89 points
Golden amber color. Sweet, toasty aromas and flavors of butterscotch, maple syrup, and waffles with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, carefree finish revealing notes of nutella, marjoram, cappuccino foam, and golden graham cereal finish. A brunch-ready whiskey; perfect for hair-of-the-dog cocktails.
89 points $28.99
Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
88 points
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of bruléed orange, caramel latte, spiced pecans, and vanilla bean with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pink peppercorns and milk chocolate finish. A highly mixable Canadian Whisky that hits all the right notes.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Catch Fire Cinnamon Whisky
88 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Spicy, sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon candy, fallen lemon, and potpourri with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, fleeting finish that shows shades of cucumber skin, apple seeds, and vanilla taffy finish. A fun and shootable cinnamon whiskey.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Whiskey
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ensign Red Black Whiskey
88 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of berries and cream, egg custard, ginger candy, and milk chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length allspice, pineapple cake with candied ginger pieces, toasted coconut, and candied cherry and incense finish. A creamy, understated, pure rye-forward Canadian whiskey that over-delivers for the category.
88 points $27.99