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

Beattie’s Distillers Sweet Potato Vodka Batch 8
94 points
$17
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of butternut squash, sweet potato, and cracked peppercorns with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length hints of vanilla, sweet almond, caramelized veggies, and marshmallow finish. A tasty, savory Vodka for creative cocktails and autumnal vibes.
94 points $17 Best Buy
Dirty Devil Vodka
93 points
$27
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cumin seed, anise, rye crisps, and creme fraiche with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a peppery, intriguing, long finish that presents touches of spicy ginger. A spicy, grain-centric vodka with robust, pure flavor.
Jd Shore Rum Cream Liqueur
93 points
$27
Straw yellow color. Creamy aromas of fresh butterscotch, coconut caramel cream pie, tiramisu, and vanilla pudding with a creamy, vibrant, moderately sweet fat body and a sleek, interesting, very long milk chocolate coated pineapple, fresh sweet cream, and hazelnut latte finish. A wildly delicious cream liqueur with superbly balanced fresh creamy and delicately fruity and spicy flavors; dangerously drinkable.
Nova Vodka Vodka
93 points
$39
Clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of marshmallow, hints of fresh cut grass, and orange with a supple, soft, dry light body and a tingling, medium-long finish that presents notes of cream. A clean and crisp vodka with an elegant style; great for any vodka cocktail, shots or sipping on the rocks.
Collingwood Double Barreled Canadian Whisky
93 points
$28
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cream of wheat with brown sugar, grilled corn, and dried figs and dates with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long finish that shows notes of crusty pumpernickel loaf, cinnamon roll, and brown butter. A rich and nuanced Canadian Whisky to take seriously.
Awards: 2021 Best Canadian Whisky
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
Beattie’s Distillers Beatties Premium Potato Vodka
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of sourdough rye, hints of dried apricots, wintergreen, sliced banana, and hints of raisin with a round, vibrant, dryish full body and a silky, complex, medium-long finish. A spirit crafted with intention that transforms the humble potato into a stylish product for vodka connoisseurs.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Medium amber color. Aromas of maple syrup, shortbread cookies, and molasses with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length roasted walnuts, sweet banana pie, ’nilla wafers, and oak finish. A rich Canadian Whisky that hits the spot; drink neat, in cocktails or as a shooter.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Forty Creek Lot 1867-F Confederation Oak Reserve Small Batch Canadian Whisky
92 points
$64
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of chewy caramels, sticky toffee pudding, dr. pepper, and spiced almonds with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of maple buttercream. A velvety, smooth and decadent Canadian Whisky.
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.