About Canadian Spirits

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

Drinklab Hop Flavored Vodka
95 points
$24.85
Clear color. Piney, tropical aromas of dried mango, pine resin, and peach pie with a round, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, elegant, long starfruit, lingonberry, and sugared nuts finish. A hoppy but never bitter vodka with beautiful aromatics; a great tropical spirit to add to the cocktail enthusiasts repertoire.
95 points $24.85
PUR Vodka
94 points
$39.95
Clear color. Aromas of pink peppercorn, cream of wheat, and carnation with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long buttery pastry crust and herb focaccia finish. Fantastic texture and a lengthy, evolving palate; enjoy this stunning vodka on the rocks or in carefully crafted martinis.
94 points $39.95
Masterson’s 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
$70
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.
Gran Gala Triple Orange Brandy Liqueur
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fragrant orange rinds, cacao nibs, toasted almonds, orange-caramel, and lemon curd with a velvety, vibrant, sweet medium body and a sleek, intricate, long finish that shows notes of hints of leather, raisins, caramel cake, and baking spices. A rich, undulating Liqueur that delivers sophisticated orange flavor for cocktails, after dinner tipples, and anytime indulging.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Georgian Bay Raspberry Rhubarb Vodka Smash RTD
92 points
Clear color. Aromas of raspberry, lemon-lime soda, Smarties candy, pear, and hints of perfume with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length hints of orange finish. A fruity seltzer with hints of sweetness that will hit the spot.
romeo’s Gin
92 points
$39.99
Gin
Clear color. Interesting, inviting aromas and flavors of beet, green tomato, carrot, and celery smoothie, spicy lemon frosted white cake, geranium, licorice candy, grass, and caraway and rosemary with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish with touches of citrus cupcake and sweet and peppery spices finish. A fun, savory, lemony gin that is sure to please.
92 points $39.99
Georgian Bay Cranberry Gin Smash RTD
90 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of berry snow cone and yogurt, hint of horse hair, dried pineapple, and metal and mica with a supple, tangy, off-dry medium body and a breezy finish imparting notes of citrusy fruit punch powder, diet cranberry drink mix, and lemon verbena. A fun and crushable berry bubbly drink for punchy parties.
Plume & Petal Peach Spritz RTD
90 points
$12
Clear color. Tropical, floral aromas and flavors of peach-mango sorbet, guava nectar, and hint of raspberry with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish with notes of fruit salad and watermelon granita. A delicious bubbly RTD with great depth and layers of flavors.
Two Chicks Cocktails Sparkling Paloma RTD
90 points
$14.99
Pale pink color. Aromas and flavors of lemon-lime seltzer and pink grapefruit cordial with a satiny, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish. A sweet and lightly fruity crusher.
90 points $14.99
Bulles de nuit LApero Spritzz Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
90 points
Bright coral pink color. Aromas of cinnamon, gentian, galangal, and rosemary with a silky, vibrant, bittersweet medium-full body and a seamless, elegant, medium-long pink grapefruit finish. A rock solid aperitivo RTD that offers fashionable refreshment in a bottle.