Among the many whiskeys of the world, Canadian whiskey 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 whiskey drinkers of every taste. Let's explore some of our favorite bottles of Canadian whiskey that deserve a spot in your bar.
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An Ontario distillery, Forty Creek is producing some amazingly smooth whiskeys. The brand's flagship is Barrel Select, a blend of rye, barley and corn whiskeys that were aged separately in former bourbon and new American white oak barrels.
This is a whiskey you'll want to mix with. Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky is affordable at just $20 a bottle and has that smooth sweetness we have come to expect from Canadian whiskey. 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 whiskey, Collingwood Select Canadian Whisky is a shining example of a good Canadian whiskey. It has a distinct maple flavor and a palate that keeps giving with interesting layers.
This ultra-smooth whiskey 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 whiskeys.
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Not only is Canadian whiskey known for its smooth profile, but they're also master blenders, some of the best in the world. Case in point the fantastic blend that is Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch.
Two rye whiskeys 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 whiskey, 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 released a rye whiskey 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.
Canadian Club 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 whiskey. While others may have grabbed onto the trend, it remains a favorite and is certainly a top-shelf Canadian every whiskey enthusiast should know.
The whiskey used for this bottle is the cream of the crop and the whiskey inside is as beautiful as the 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 whiskey 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 whiskey 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 whiskeys rival any top-shelf offering.
Among the diverse portfolio is Crown Royal Reserve, a simple step up from the signature whiskey 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, affordable, and one of the best Canadian whiskeys 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 whiskey. 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 whiskey 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.