The Top Canadian Rye Whiskies

Canadian whiskies are often referred to as “rye” no matter the amount of rye used. Get your rye on with these top Canadian whiskies--all containing at least 90% rye!
Aug 22, 2017
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    10 Pendleton 1910 12 Year Rye Whisky
    81
    Vanilla & Sweet
    This is a 100% rye whisky. It is produced and distilled in Canada, but bottled by the Hood River Distillers in Oregon. Pendleton 1910 is named in honor of the Pendleton Round-Up, a yearly rodeo that occurs in that town in Oregon. 1910 was the first year of the Round-Up.
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    9 Collingwood Rye 21 Year
    85
    Herbal & Rich
    This is a one-time release for Collingwood as there is simply no more rye that has been laid down for 21 years. It is comprised of 100% malted rye and after its initial aging in oak, is placed in a vat that contains maplewood staves for an additional year.
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    8 Canadian Club 100% Rye
    88
    Spicy & Floral
    This release from Canadian Club is a first for them; a 100% rye release. This rye is distilled at Alberta Distillers then bottled in Walkerville, Ontario. It bears no age statement and is bottled at 40% ABV. Note: This product is sold in Canada as Canadian Club Chairman's Select 100% Rye and was made available there at the end of 2014. This product was released to the U.S. market in June 2016.
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    7 Masterson's Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Year
    88
    Spicy & Fruity
    This straight rye whiskey is comprised of 100% rye from the Pacific Northwest. Produced in Calgary, this Canadian whiskey is aged in white oak and aged for a minimum of 10 years. William Masterson, the whiskey's namesake, was Canadian born and made a name for himself in the Wild West era as a lawman, gambler, saloon keeper, and friend of Wyatt Earp.
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    6 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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    5 Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
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    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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    4 Whistlepig 10 Year Straight Rye
    90
    Spicy & Vanilla
    Sourced from Alberta, Canada and bottled at WhistlePig Farm in Vermont, Whistlepig 10 Year was first released in summer of 2010. Made from 100% rye, it is bottled at 100 proof (hence "100-100" on the label). The whiskey was aged 10 years in new American oak and finished in used bourbon barrels.
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    3 Hochstadter's Family Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey
    91
    Full Bodied & Spicy
    Hochstadter's Family Reserve Straight Rye is a 16 year old 100% rye whiskey. It's a sourced product from Canada's Alberta Distillers, released by The Cooper Spirits Company. The barrels were selected by the late Robert J. Cooper, founder of Cooper Spirits. Bottled at a robust cask strength of 123.8 proof, the limited release includes 7,500 bottles.
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    2 Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye
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    Spicy & Full Bodied
    Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye Whisky is distilled at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario. Its production is overseen by master blender Dr. Don Livermore. The whisky is made in a 12,000 liter copper pot-still and is 100% rye--90% Canadian rye and 10% malted rye. This whisky is a bit of a re-make of a re-make. Originally distilled at Joshua Booth's farm near Millhaven, Ontario at the end of the American Revolutionary War, Lot No. 40 was created as a tribute to Joshua by Mike Booth his great-great-great-great grand-nephew back in the 1990s. Lot No. 40 is bottled without an age statement at 86 proof.
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    1 Lock Stock & Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 16 Year
    94
    Spicy & Full Bodied
    The 16 year old from Lock, Stock & Barrel builds on the tradition of their 13 year old. It's a 100% rye mashbill, double pot-distilled straight rye whiskey, made with what they term a "robust cut" of distillate, expecting the lengthy aging period to come. Maturation was entirely in new, charred American oak barrels. Cooper Spirits chose their finest aged rye casks for this release.