Canadian Whisky

Canadians will likely already know that Canadian whisky is some of the best whisky the world produces. However, for the rest of us, you may hear “Canadian whisky” and think of either sickly cinnamon flavored college shots, or watery, cheap, unremarkable whisky. This bad reputation is all over the world and comes from the Canadian whisky that most drinkers are familiar with. You may be surprised and pleased to hear that Canadian whisky has a lot more to offer than that if you give the better brands a chance!

Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whisky

“Whisky Advocate” chose Lot 40 as the Best Canadian Whisky of 2013. The brand was available even in the U.S. some time back. But it suddenly disappeared from production for over a decade and sparkled a global shortage among Canadian Whisky drinkers. Corby Distilleries re-launched the product in 2012. The product is distilled at the Hiram Walker Plant from 90% rye and 10% of malted rye. A copper pot still is used in the process of distillation. This is a real deal for whisky drinkers in Canada and the U.S. Many drinkers are pleased that it is available in the US market.

Black Velvet Toasted Caramel

Gilbey Distillery in Toronto made the first batch of whiskey deemed Black Velvet in 1851. The whiskey was orginally named Black Label, but distiller Jack Napier recommended the name change to Black Velvet. He thought that the smoothness and taste of the whiskey was better reflected this way. During the 1950’s, everyone wanted Canadian Whiskey, which led to the liquor stores themselves having to ration out the product until the distillery could ramp up production of Black Velvet. This of course made even more people want the product, and so Black Velvet subsequently exploded in popularity.

Alberta Premium 30 Year Old Limited Edition Whisky

Alberta Premium’s standard whisky does not offer a specific age statement, but each bottle is said to be aged at least five years. The nose note has the standard Canadian rye that is both sweet and sour, and it also has a rich caramel note. It has just a touch of spirit and some floral hints as well.

There is also a 25-year-old version of this whisky with oaky notes that are very clean, and this is the trademark of any Canadian whisky that is aged well. It also has black fruit elements that are rich, and this is not found in the 5-year-old standard version. This whisky version is also now sold out.

Their new limited edition version has had 30 years to age, and it has a significant nose breadth. It also offers a very elegant oaky fruitiness that is crisp.

Great Canadian Whiskies For You To Enjoy

Would you like to start exploring the intriguing Canadian whisky world beyond the half-empty bottle of Dad’s Black Velvet?  Here are five excellent examples for you to check out which show what can be created using wood, yeast and grain in the land of hockey:

JP Wiser Rye Whisky

JP Wiser Rye Whisky

According to Pernod Ricard, the parent company, this is Canada’s No. 1 selling whisky.  It just made its entrance in the U.S. this fall. 

Overview of Canadian Whisky

Canadian readers will likely already know that Canadian whisky is some of the best whisky the world produces. However, for the rest of our readers, you may hear “Canadian whisky” and think of either sickly cinnamon flavored college shots, or watery, cheap, unremarkable whisky. This bad reputation is all over the world and comes from the Canadian whisky that most drinkers are familiar with. You may be surprised and pleased to hear that Canadian whisky has a lot more to offer than that if you give the better brands a chance!

Canadian whisky got a big boost in the US during the alcohol prohibition of 1920 to 1933, since there was no such prohibition up north. You can see the cultural influence of Canadian whisky in references like Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky and Don Draper from Mad Men drinking Canadian whisky neat. Even later, in the 1970s, brown spirits were out of style in favor of vodkas, wines, and beers, except for a few Canadian staples like Black Velvet, Crown Royal, and Seagram’s VO.

Canadian Club 30 Year Old Reserve Whisky

There are U.S. whiskies and then there are Canadian whiskies, and then there is the Canadian Club’s 30 year old reserve whiskey.  Released in late 2008 in celebration of the Club’s 150th year, this limited edition is not only celebrating over a century of distilling whiskey but providing an example of what Canadian whiskey can be if treated with quality and care.  Superbly smooth with superior oak flavoring, the reserve whisky is best served on its own as you’ll want to taste it.  However, you must act quickly as there are only 15,000 bottles available and while they are predicted to last the winter they will more than likely fly off the shelves before the season passes.