Affordable Canadian Whiskies To Try

In case you haven't been paying attention, Canadian whisky is having something of a renaissance right now. If you still aren't convinced, try picking up some of these affordable bottles to try before you invest in pricier bottles!
Apr 05, 2017
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    10 Stalk & Barrel Red Blend
    89
    Vanilla
    Still Waters spent a lot of time working on this blended Canadian Whisky which contains a high percentage of their own single malt and rye whiskies for flavoring. This release coincides with their Stalk & Barrel Blue Label. Red Label is the higher end of the two blended at 43% alcohol. It also means their 1+11 Blended Canadian Whisky will be retired and hitting the golf course while these two new whiskies fill the roll as their ambassador blends.
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    9 Century Reserve Lot 15/25 Canadian Rye
    89
    Smoky & Spicy
    Highwood Distillery custom blended whiskies aged 15 to 25 years in charred oak barrels for this release. And they’re full of history. Highwood acquired Potter’s Distillery back in 2005 when some of the barrels were already quite old. They then went on a road trip from British Columbia to Highwood’s Alberta warehouses where they continued aging until the cream of the crop were ready for blending. (Note: This is not currently available in the U.S.)
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    8 Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
    89
    Fruity & Sweet
    Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye whisky is a blend made from a 90% rye mashbill. A natural line extension for Crown Royal given the craze for rye and Canada's reputation for producing rye whisky. Crown Royal currently has approximately 2 million barrels of whisky maturing in 46 warehouses in the area around Gimli, Manitoba, Canada.
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    7 Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky
    89
    Rich & Full Bodied
    The mash bill starts with two rye whiskies making up 91% blended with 8% bourbon (Old Grand-Dad) and 1% sherry wine. The first rye whisky is a high-proof column-still whisky that is aged in used bourbon barrels for twelve years. The second rye whisky is a lower-proof pot-still whisky aged for six years in new oak barrels. The ryes were produced at Beam Suntory's Alberta Distillers, the largest producer of 100% rye whisky in North America and one of the few distilleries in the world capable of distilling from an all-rye mash bill. Incidentally, this is the US release of their Alberta Premium Dark Horse Whisky. A name change was necessary for this market.
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    6 Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve
    89
    Sweet & Rich
    Like the Barrel Select Whisky from Forty Creek, this too consists of three separate grains (rye, barely, and maize aka corn) distilled and aged individually in white oak barrels. They then are married together for the flavors to mingle before bottling. The difference here is with extra aging, barrel selection, and slightly higher proof; 86 vs. 80.
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    5 Alberta Premium Dark Horse
    89
    Rich & Full Bodied
    The whisky is a blend of two 100% ryes, a 6 year old and a 12 year. To round out the edges (and because they are allowed to), about 8% bourbon and some sherry is added. Dark Horse is named in honor of a racehorse owned by Frank McMahon, a founder of Alberta Distillers. His dark coated stallion, Majestic Prince, just missed winning the Triple Crown by five lengths back in 1969. In April 2015, this product was released in the US as Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky. A name change was necessary in that market.
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    4 Bearface Triple Oak
    90
    Smoky
    Bearface Triple Oak is a Canadian whisky brand released by the Mark Anthony Group. The brand sources single grain whisky from distilleries in Canada which have aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for seven years. Then the whisky is transferred to French oak barrels which held Bordeaux-style red wine from British Columbia winery Mission Hill. Finally, the whisky finishes its maturation in air-dried virgin Hungarian oak barrels. Available across Canada from fall 2018 with international markets to follow.
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    3 J.P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye
    90
    Spicy
    This green label J.P. Wiser’s Rye is a replacement for a whisky released a few years ago under the same name. And it has changed. The distillery started by raising the rye content to 62% blending it with wheat and corn. This particular whisky is triple-barreled featuring distillates matured in used Canadian whisky, first-fill bourbon, and virgin oak casks. Finally, they’ve reset the ABV to 45%. Exclusive to the United States.
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    2 Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask Whisky
    90
    Fruity & Rich
    The Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery has recently drafted distilling to its lineup. The first release is this small batch Canadian whisky blended by Master Distiller, Joshua Beach. Aged rye, malted rye and corn whiskies were individually mashed, fermented and distilled, then brought in house to be finished in the wineries red wine casks. Availability limited to Canada and, as of February 2018, the Chicago, Illinois area and Missouri.
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    1 Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky
    93
    Floral & Fruity
    Gooderham & Worts celebrates the history behind a Toronto grist mill and distillery which first produced whisky in 1837. It closed in 1990, but at its height was producing over 2 million liters of whisky a year, which at the time was half the production in the whole of Canada. This whisky was first released in the late 90’s as part of the failed Canadian Whisky Guild Series along with Lot 40 and Pike Creek. It’s back! This bottling was distilled by Corby Distillers and production was overseen by Dr. Don Livermore. The four grains blended are corn, wheat, rye, and barley. It is bottled at 44.4% abv.