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

Jefferson’s Ocean Aged At Sea Voyage 26 Rye Whiskey
94 points
$79
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spice shop behind a vinyl curtain, hemp oil, and peanut brittle with a soft, bright, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of cinnamon and pepper on a baked apple and pumpernickel with fresh butter. A layered and delicious Rye that will benefit from more time in barrel.
Black Velvet Peach Flavored Canadian Whiskey
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach ring candy, green apple, and jack fruit with a syrupy, bright, sweet medium-full body and a long finish that exhibits nuances of peach cobbler with extra sugar, orange blossom honey and ginseng, and marzipan. Millions of peaches, peaches for me.
93 points $10 Best Buy
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
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.
Pendleton 1910 12 Year Old Canadian Rye Whisky
91 points
$44
Gold color. Aromas of cinnamon, maple, and roasted plantain, dried apricot and mixed nuts, baked apple, and cedar and lemon pledge with a full body and a long caramel and maple cured bacon, butterscotch, apple, and black walnut, and raisin and sweet tobacco finish. An excellent Canadian Whisky with sweet caramelized grains, citrus freshness and a touch of pepper spice.
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Whisky
91 points
$24
Best Buy
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-coconut bar, honey, pineapple upside down cake, and raisins with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long finish with touches of maple-nut cookies and peanut brittle. A round, chewy and complex Canadian Whisky for the enthusiast.
91 points $24 Best Buy
Forty Creek Lot 262 Double Barrel Reserve Small Batch Canadian Whisky
91 points
$54
Copper color. Aromas of fresh french toast with maple syrup, hazelnut creme, spice cookies, and creamy caramel with a round, vibrant, off-dry medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long maple creme cookies, toasted nuts, cherry stone, and chocolate-covered caramels finish. A silky smooth Canadian Whiskey with a rounded, maple-centric flavor; decadent.
Pendleton Blended Canadian Whisky
88 points
$24
Light gold color. Aromas of banana cream pie, maple syrup on sour dough, pumpkin butter and granola, and caramel and oiled leather with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long coriander, bananas and apples, marzipan, fennel, and and ginger candy finish. A delicious, simple sipper with sweet baking spices.
Georgian Bay Small Batch Canadian Whisky
88 points
$28
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of hay, candied cashews, maple syrup, and vanilla bean pasty with a lean, soft, fruity light body and a tingling, breezy finish that shows overtones of golden raisins and walnut cake. A light Canadian Whisky that goes down easy.