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.
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.
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.
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 1910 12 Year Old Canadian Rye Whisky
89 points
$40
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of maple syrup, creamy caramels, and cinnamon-spiced nuts with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of honey-roasted peanuts. A creamy and mild Canadian whisky that goes down smoothly.
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.
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
Black Velvet Reserve Canadian Whisky
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of almonds, dried fruits, brown sugar, cultured butter, and mace with a soft, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, relaxed finish evoking elements of sultanas. A mild and creamy Canadian Whisky; great for highballs.
87 points $12 Best Buy