We’re taking a round-about path on our journey Around The World of Whiskey, and this week, we’re stopping in Canada with five of our current favorites.
Canada is home to a wealth of talented whiskey makers making it tricky to stick to a few favorites. Did we miss one of your favorites? Share your favorite in the comments below!
This award-winning expression has notes of almond, oak and vanilla with hints of lightly baked coconut on the nose. The smooth and malty spirit has just a hint of sweetness with a lingering finish of nuts and berries. Based in Nova Scotia, Glen Breton boasts the title of the first single malt whisky distillery in North America and the first whisky maker in the world to age in ex-ice wine barrels.
We can’t talk about Canadian Whisky without covering J.P. Wiser’s–Canada’s oldest still functioning whisky maker. This 18-year-old expression is an award winning spirit with an exceptionally smooth finish. On the palate you’ll find notes of autumn florals, green apple, fresh pine, caramel, spice and oak.
As the first grain-to-bottle distillery in Québec, Cirka prides itself on using local ingredients for a true taste of terroir. They currently have two whisky expressions available, no3 is the most recent in a series of small batch releases. The rye based whisky is aged for four years and made from a blend of 93% local Québec rye and 7% German malted rye before being finished in 30 year old Oloroso Sherry casks.
Created from a blend of 49% 7-year Canadian Prairie Wheat and 51% 10-year Canadian Rye mixed with pure glacial water, Benajamin Chapman is an invitingly smooth, truly-Canadian whiskey. A hint of spice opens on the palate from the rye, leading into silky flavors of white chocolate and créme brûlée from the wheat.
The small batch distillery uses 100% Ontario rye to craft this fun expression. The spirit is aged for four years in new Ontario oak, new American oak, and first fill bourbon casks–hence the name Three Oaks. The distillery uses a traditional pot still to allow for superior quality control.