Among the many whiskies of the world, Canadian whisky is known to be smooth, affordable and great for mixing into cocktails. There are some great brands to choose from and each portfolio offers a nice selection for whisky drinkers of every taste. Let's explore some of our favorite bottles of Canadian whisky that deserve a spot in your bar.
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An Ontario distillery, Forty Creek is producing some amazingly smooth whiskies. The brand's flagship is Barrel Select, a blend of rye, barley and corn whiskies that were aged separately in former bourbon and new American white oak barrels.
This is a whisky you'll want to mix with. It's affordable at just $20 a bottle and has that smooth sweetness we have come to expect from Canadian whisky. It makes very nice cocktails, including the impressive Forty Creek Caesar.
For a fine upgrade,... explore the rest of the brand's portfolio. Their Copper Pot, Double Barrel Reserve and Confederation Oak bottlings build off the tasty base and each offers something new for drinkers to discover.
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Another great cocktail-worthy whisky, Collingwood Select is a shining example of a good Canadian whisky. It has a distinct maple flavor and a palate that keeps giving with interesting layers.
This ultra-smooth whisky is priced right around $25, so you don't need to fear wasting a penny when mixing it. Try it in any of your favorite cocktails, from the Manhattan to the John Collins, and simply enjoy its smooth flavor.
If you love rye, give Collingwood 21 YO Rye Whisky. It's touted as one... of the best Canada's producing and one more reason you need to look north when exploring these spicier whiskies.
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Not only is Canadian whisky known for its smooth profile, they're also master blenders, some of the best in the world. Case in point the fantastic blend that is Alberta Rye Dark Batch.
Two rye whiskies are aged to perfection, then blended with bourbon and sherry to produce this exciting elixir. It has a great spice backed by a smoky sweetness that is simply a joy to take in. Sip it or mix it, either way, the $30 bottle is worth every drop.
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One of the biggest names in Canadian whisky, it's hard to go wrong with any bottle of Canadian Club you pick up. From the flagship 1858 bottle that's budget-friendly to the Classic 12 and the Sherry Cask, they always impress.
In 2017, CC (as it's often called by fans) released a rye whisky to jump on that trend in the Canadian market and it's also produced at the Alberta Distillery. While you might not find the robust rye you've come to expect from others of this style, it is... a very nice introduction to it.
CC Chairman's Select 100% Rye has a softer rye spice and is bottled at just 80-proof. This gives it a mellow profile that is fantastic for simple mixed drinks. It's definitely a welcome addition to the market and at around $20, easy on the wallet, too.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Caribou Crossing is a Sazerac brand that was the first Canadian single barrel whisky. While others may have grabbed onto the trend, it remains a favorite and is certainly a top-shelf Canadian every whisky enthusiast should know.
The whisky used for this bottle is the cream of the crop and the whisky inside is as beautiful as vessel it comes in. It's richly complex and ultra-smooth, with toffee sweetness fading into a creamy oak finish that has a hint of pepper.
Caribou Crossing is definitely... at the high end of the Canadian whisky market. You can expect to pay somewhere around $50 for this one, so save it for the special occasions and savor its smoothness with every sip.
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Crown Royal is an iconic brand in Canadian whisky and it has something for everyone. The base bottle is available everywhere and it's affordable. They also offer fun flavors like apple and caramel and their specially aged whiskies rival any top-shelf offering.
Among the diverse portfolio is Crown Royal Reserve, a simple step up from the signature whisky you've come to love. It's double the price, but it's also double the goodness. Everything is amplified and perfected, from the... creamy richness to the cinnamon and clove to the super-smooth finish.
If you regularly stock CR, consider a bottle of CR Reserve for special celebrations. It needs just one ice cube in a two-finger glass to appreciate its perfection.
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Reliable, very affordable, and one of the best Canadian whiskies for any cocktail, you have to give some respect to Canadian Mist. This is a one-bottle brand with no fancy offerings. Its distillery is also home to Collingwood, though, and you will notice a connection between the two.
Canadian Mist is simply a subtle, smooth, and mixable whisky. It can stand up to anything you want to mix it with, from cranberry to root beer and pears to ginger ale. While it may get lost in recipes with too many... flavors, it's perfect for simple cocktails with just a few ingredients.
The softer profile of this whisky also makes it a great choice for drinkers who prefer white spirits like gin, rum, and vodka. Best of all, at less than $15 a bottle, it's one you can keep stocked in the bar all the time without worrying about the price.