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
$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.
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
89 points
$49
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.
Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
88 points
$19
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
Bearface One Eleven Series Oaxaca Agave Spirit Blended Whisky
87 points
$49
Pale gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled meats, dark grilled pecans, grilled citrus, maple syrup, nutmeg, and raisins with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish conveying shades of baked apples. A totally unique Canadian Whisky with a smoky-sweet style; endless cocktail possibilities.
Seagrams V.O. Gold Canadian Whisky
86 points
$16
Golden amber color. Aromas of spice cookies, caramel drizzled pecans, raisins, and dried cherries with a supple, prickly, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length oak and marzipan finish. A tingly Canadian Whisky for casual highballs.
Canadian Club 1858 Canadian Whisky
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried fig, hint of vanilla, and caramelized nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a hot, brisk finish. A mild and approachable Canadian whisky for all manner of mixed drinks.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Ellington Reserve 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky
86 points
$15.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of cinnamon swirl toast, candied fig, pressed flowers, honeyed apples, serrano ham, and pecan pie with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery cola, rum-raisin, sherry glazed spiced nuts, minerals, and granola in cream finish. A very smooth and mild Canadian whiskey that will play well in cocktails, shots and as a winter warmer from a flask.
86 points $15.99
Bearface Triple Oak Canadian Whisky
85 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of vanilla candle, smoky leather, orange sherbet, and fruit punch with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length toasted brioche with caramel and cinnamon finish. A vanilla-laden, smoky Canadian whiskey with a great sense of richness.
85 points $39.99
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
85 points
$49.99
Amber color. Aromas of french toast, orange creme, circus peanut, and cedar shavings with a coarse, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk dark rum and cigarillo finish. A whiskey that will appeal to rum drinkers.
85 points $49.99
Signal Hill Canadian Whisky
85 points
$39.95
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of brioche french toast, maple syrup, jamaican rum, apple-cinnamon muffin, pumpkin custard, pecan pie, and granola with a round, bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish. A super-smooth Canadian whiskey packed with big sherry notes and lots of sweet sippable character.
85 points $39.95