"It’s taken decades to get to a place where hearing 'Canadian whisky' and 'awards' in the same sentence wasn’t reason for a spit take. Canada’s native hooch is known to be mellow, best served mixed—think Canadian Club and ginger ale, or a 7 and 7 (Seagram’s 7 Crown and 7 Up)—and fairly forgettable, no matter how many purple velvet bags it comes in. Expert booze hounds have derided the category as 'brown vodka,' or worse."

"Thanks to innovators like winemaking veteran John Hall, who started Forty Creek Whisky in 1992—and sold it to Campari America in March 2014 for $120.5 million—that’s no longer true. The best Canadian whiskies are complex affairs, ringing with maple, stone fruit, and lively baking spice long after the liquid has gone down the gullet."

"Of course, Forty Creek isn't the only contender. American bourbon maker Buffalo Trace launched luscious Caribou Crossing and dry, woodsy Royal Canadian about five years ago. Master blender Drew Mayville, a 30-year veteran of Canada’s Seagram’s, acquired 200,000 barrels of whisky from a defunct Canadian distillery and applied the brand’s experimental mindset to it. The result: spirits that bridge robust, spicy bourbon and lighter Canadian standards."

"Newcomer Still Waters Distillery from Ontario, which makes both blends and single malts, also has distinguished itself as a craft distiller to watch. Its Stalk & Barrel rye whisky, which hints at marzipan and fig, was named the 2014 New Whisky of the Year. (Yes, Scotch-lovers, a handful of Canadian single malts exist—though don’t look for anything super peaty. This is still Canada.)"

"If you’ve never deliberately sought out a bottle of Canadian whisky, I don’t blame you. But the time is right to expand your horizons."

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  • +Devin Shanks I think you'll like the article. 😉

  • Great article but it is very true when it comes to Canadian Whisky, however I have discovered that a few more distilleries have opened up over that past few years and have yet to try them. But I am a fan of the Glen Breton series from Nova Scotia.