The Top Canadian Whiskies Under $100

If the only Canadian whisky you know is sold in a purple bag, you’ve been missing out. There are plenty of exciting Canadian whiskies out there, many of which are sold in the States. Here are our favorites under $100.
Jun 30, 2019
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    12 Lohin McKinnon Single Malt
    85
    Fruity
    The Central City Brewery’s master brewer Gary Lohin and master distiller Stuart McKinnon tag teamed to produce this single malt Canadian whisky. Gary takes care of producing a flavorful fermentation then passes it to Stuart who distills a full-bodied distillate. This single malt has been aged for three years in ex-bourbon barrels then bottled at 43%. Exclusive to Canada.
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    11 Signal Hill Canadian Whisky
    86
    Sweet
    Signal Hill Canadian Whisky is Canadian whisky is blended and bottled in St. John’s Newfoundland. It is also named after the city’s historic Signal Hill where Guglielmo Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic message in 1901. The non-chill filtered blend contains 95% corn and 5% malted barley whiskies aged in a combination of ex-bourbon, new white oak and Canadian whisky barrels. Available across Canada, Europe and select States.
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    10 Pike Creek Canadian Whisky Finished in Port Wine Barrels
    88
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Purchase this whisky in its homeland and you’ll get a product with a 10 year age statement. The version available in the U.S. however, is aged for an average of 7 to 8 years and finished in used port barrels. This whisky was initially produced in the 1990s, then discontinued. With the growing interest in small-batch, craft Canadian whisky, it was recently reprised.
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    9 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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    8 Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished
    88
    Spicy
    Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is the fourth release in this limited edition collection which first launched in 2016. This expression takes Crown Royal DeLuxe Whisky and ages it further in toasted new French oak casks. The French oak used to craft the barrels were sourced from the Vosges region where the oak is known for its straight and tight grain. The oak is open air-seasoned for two years before a two-step fire roasting. Available as of June 2019.
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    7 Canadian Club Edition Barley Batch
    89
    Fruity
    This limited-edition bottling celebrated Canadian Club’s 160th anniversary in the fall of 2018. Flagship Canadian Club 1858 whisky made at the Hiram Walker distillery in Windsor, Ontario is blended with six-year-old barley malt whisky made at Alberta Distillers in Calgary Alberta. This release is available in Canada only.
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    6 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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    5 Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye
    91
    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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    4 Forty Creek Unity
    92
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Unity is Forty Creek’s 12th annual limited edition whisky. For this release, they held a contest where five fans visited the distillery to select Unity’s final blend. The base of the winning whisky was further aged with the addition of high mocha staves -- a particular type of toasted American white oak stave. Additionally, it was blended with 10-year-old corn whisky and a splash of rare fortified Portuguese-style wine that spent 15 years in previously used Forty Creek Whisky barrels.
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    3 Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Ice Cask
    92
    Sweet & Rich
    For Gretzky’s second release, Master Distiller Joshua Beach has amped up the amount of sourced rye whisky that is blended with the corn whisky base. The blend is then finished for approximately four months in Gretzky’s own Vidal icewine casks. It took a hundred trial blends before Joshua found this winning recipe – one that he and Gretzky loved the most. Canada only.
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    2 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.
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    1 J.P. Wiser's Legacy Canadian Whisky
    94
    Rich & Fruity
    This whisky is a tribute to J.P. Wiser and a testament to the quality of Canadian whisky that Wiser established as a style many years ago. Former Master Blender David Doyle blended this Canadian gem with then Wiser apprentice Don Livermore. A rye-grain heavy mash is distilled in traditional copper pot-stills then aged in toasted new white oak barrels. A toasted oak, rather than charred oak, helps mellow the distillate through the aging cycle.