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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    Spicy & Fruity
    This whisky is made from rye, barley, and maize (corn), much like many bourbons on the market. The difference here, aside from geography, is that the whisky maker chooses to distill each grain type individually. They are aged anywhere from 6-10 years in various degrees of charred barrels (lightly charred for rye, medium char for barley, and heavy char for corn) before being blended together. Before bottling, however, the blend spends a final 6 months in ex-Sherry barrels.
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    Sweet & Rich
    Tangle Ridge a blended Canadian whisky made with 100% rye whisky that has been aged for 10 years in used American barrels. It is then taken out of those barrels and has a small amount of sherry added. It is aged further before bottling to marry those flavors together.
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    Spicy & Sweet
    Wiser’s has been distilling whisky since the mid-1800s. However, this whisky is relatively new to Wiser’s lineup of affordable whiskies. Small Batch replaced Wiser’s Reserve several years ago and the bottle has recently been given a makeover to better represent its small batch character. This Canadian whisky is produced using traditional distilling methods at a slightly higher proof than the standard 40%. Note: This is not currently available in the U.S.
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    Sweet & Herbal
    As with most Canadian whiskies, the grains used are distilled and aged separately before blending for bottling. Rye is used primarily as an additive with corn doing the bulk of the work here. It should be noted that this used to have an age statement of 10 years, but recent labels exclude the age.
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    Sweet & Spicy
    Highwood Distillers, in High River, Alberta, make most of their whisky from wheat, and may well be the only major distillery with no mill. Instead, they cook the wheat whole until it bursts open like popcorn to reveal the starch inside. A devastating flood in 2013 wiped out much of the distillery, but thankfully, spared the warehouses where this Centennial whisky lay sleeping.
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    Canadian Mist is a single distillery blended whisky. Meaning, they distill all grains (rye, corn, and barley) individually then age before blending it all to produce the whisky. Brown-Forman owns this product.
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    Spicy & Fruity
    Canadian Club is one of the few Canadian whiskies available nearly everywhere in the world where there’s a bar. Long before its prime time television appearances in the hands of Nucky Thompson and Don Draper, it was enjoyed in over 150 countries. After 100 years as a mixing whisky, several new versions, including this ten-year-old were added to the line. Unlike most Canadian whiskies, Canadian Club is blended as new spirit before it goes into the barrel.
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    Vanilla & Spicy
    The brand now known as Canadian Club actually got its start in Detroit. Hiram Walker, founder of the brand, decided to make a move to Canada due to the onset of Prohibition in the area. The grains in the whisky, rye, rye malt, barley malt, and corn, are aged separately before blending and bottling.
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    Tart & Herbal
    Alberta Distillers buys grain as a commodity so the actual grain content of some of their whiskies can change from batch to batch. Consistent flavor, though is maintained through careful selection of the mature whiskies that go into each batch. So, this could be 100% rye, but it also might not be. Regardless, in its ten years in the barrels it has picked up a lot of crisp clean wood to become the top of the Alberta Distillers line and their only regular product bearing an age statement.
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    Sweet & Spicy
    It’s hard to believe, given the runaway success of Crown Royal, that VO was once the cornerstone of the Seagram’s empire. In fact, the Gimli distillery, now dedicated to Crown Royal, was built specifically for VO. Production of VO has since moved to the historic Schenley distillery in Valleyfield, Quebec (Now called Diageo Global Supply, Valleyfield). If VO is a mixer, VO Gold retains the classic Canadian whisky profile, but is made for sipping. This is whisky for when the hard-core VO drinker has a special occasion. Same brand, same whisky, just a lot more of it in each sip.