About Canadian Whisky

About Canadian Whisky
Canadian Whisky is made primarily from corn or wheat, with a supplement of rye, barley, or barley malt. There are no Canadian government requirements when it comes to the percentages of grains used in the mash bill. Unlike Bourbons, they are aged, primarily in used oak barrels. The minimum age for Canadian Whisky is three years, with most brands being aged four to six years. Virtually all Canadian whiskies (except the pot-distilled malt whiskies of Glenora in Nova Scotia) are blended from different grain whiskies of different ages. Bulk Canadian Whiskies are usually shipped in barrels to their destination country where they are bottled. These bulk whiskies are usually bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof) and are usually no more than four years old. "Bottled in Canada" whiskies generally have older components in their blends and are bottled at 43.4% ABV (86.8 proof).

Canadian whiskies, as with their American cousins, originated on the farm. These early whiskies were made primarily from rye. In time most Canadian distillers turned to corn, wheat, and other grains, but Canadians continue to refer to their whisky as "Rye" even though the mash bill for most Canadian Whisky is now predominantly a mix of corn, wheat, and barley, with only a modest proportion of rye for flavor, which results in a lighter-bodied spirit.

Top Picks for Canadian Whisky

Collingwood Double Barreled Canadian Whisky
93 points
$28
A rich and nuanced Canadian Whisky to take seriously.
Awards: 2021 Best Canadian Whisky
Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
92 points
$19
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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
A velvety, smooth and decadent Canadian Whisky.
Kirkland Signature 6 Year Old Oak Cask Aged Blended Canadian Whisky
91 points
$18
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A good everyday mild Rye that will appeal to Canadian Whisky, American Rye, and Bourbon drinkers alike.
Awards: 2022 Best Canadian Whisky
91 points $18 Best Buy
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Whisky
91 points
$24
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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
A silky smooth Canadian Whiskey with a rounded, maple-centric flavor; decadent.
Pendleton Blended Canadian Whisky
88 points
$24
A delicious, simple sipper with sweet baking spices.
Georgian Bay Small Batch Canadian Whisky
88 points
$28
A light Canadian Whisky that goes down easy.
Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
88 points
$19
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A highly mixable Canadian whiskey that hits all the right notes.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Copper Creek Canadian Whisky
87 points
$8
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An easy and approachable Canadian sipper that will play nicely in cocktails.
87 points $8 Best Buy