About Canadian Whisky

About Canadian Whisky
Canadian Whisky is made primarily from corn or wheat, with a supplement of rye, barley, or barley malt. There are no Canadian government requirements when it comes to the percentages of grains used in the mash bill. Unlike Bourbons, they are aged, primarily in used oak barrels. The minimum age for Canadian Whisky is three years, with most brands being aged four to six years. Virtually all Canadian whiskies (except the pot-distilled malt whiskies of Glenora in Nova Scotia) are blended from different grain whiskies of different ages. Bulk Canadian Whiskies are usually shipped in barrels to their destination country where they are bottled. These bulk whiskies are usually bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof) and are usually no more than four years old. "Bottled in Canada" whiskies generally have older components in their blends and are bottled at 43.4% ABV (86.8 proof).

Canadian whiskies, as with their American cousins, originated on the farm. These early whiskies were made primarily from rye. In time most Canadian distillers turned to corn, wheat, and other grains, but Canadians continue to refer to their whisky as "Rye" even though the mash bill for most Canadian Whisky is now predominantly a mix of corn, wheat, and barley, with only a modest proportion of rye for flavor, which results in a lighter-bodied spirit.

Top Picks for Canadian Whisky

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
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
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