There is only 1 single malt whiskey produced in Canada, Glen Breton by Glenora, and it is distilled in the Scottish tradition . They actually just won a years long legal battle with the SWA over the use of the term "glen" in their brand's name. I've not tried it yet but it's s'posedly very good.
PLEASE DO NOT judge our whisky by an experience with Canadian Club: it is pure varnish that wouldn't serve to anyone
Admiral wrote:Interesting no one's championed Forty Creek yet?
I recently tried a 50ml sample of their next Barrel Select batch. Very sweet and smooth. (A little one-dimensional for my money, but streets ahead of Canadian Club, which is the only Canadian whisky you can get in Australia).
mithril wrote:There is only 1 single malt whiskey produced in Canada, Glen Breton by Glenora, and it is distilled in the Scottish tradition . They actually just won a years long legal battle with the SWA over the use of the term "glen" in their brand's name. I've not tried it yet but it's s'posedly very good.
M.R.J. wrote:Kittling Ridge's FORTY CREEK WHISKIES are what I'd recommend. To my knowledge, this is the only surviving Canadian small distillery, situated not far from Niagara Falls.
The distillery has two different whiskies - Forty Creek Barrel Select, done much in the true Canadian tradition - 'Forty Creek Barrel Select is distilled in small batches in copper pot stills and patiently aged in white oak barrels hand-picked for their unique characteristics. A selection of light, medium and heavy char barrels create a richness and toasted earthiness in the spirit. Vintage sherry casks impart a subtle complexity. This unique barrel selection process results in a whisky where aromas of honey, vanilla and apricot fuse with toasty oak, black walnut and spice. The flavor is rich and bold."
Whisky mag's tasting notes: http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/forty_creek/whisky741.html
The there's the Forty Creek Three Grain, representing something new in style. Says the distillery: 'Three Grain is the delicate harmonization of malted barley, rye and maize. The small grains are distilled as separate batches in copper pot stills and aged in toasted oak barrels. Each varietal grain lends a distinct character. The nuttiness of the barley, the fruitness of the rye and the richness of the maize are skillfully blended. Three Grain displays butterscotch, vanilla and orange toffee aromas with hints of floral and spice. The taste is delicate, soft and subtle.'
Here is a link to the tasting notes in Whisky mag: http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/forty_creek/whisky742.html
Both are well worth a try, and represent the finest Canadian whisky I've come across. if you do get the chance, go visit the distillery - the master distiller Mr. John Hall is well knowledgeable in the art of distillation, and was most kind in taking the time to chat with me for a good long while about his whiskies and the canadian whisky industry in general.
Must say, I am not a big fan of the now difficult to find Lot 40 whisky, I have tasted it on several occasions and found it quite unbalanced in flavour - the portwood treatment has certainly not improved it in my humble opinion. The resulting alcohol is quite, erm, 'strange'.
Frodo wrote:The thing is I tried Alberta Premium - both the NAS and the 25yr old - and found them to be too harsh. I should say that I am mystified at the popularity of this distillery on these boards as I had to get through varnish and nail polish remover to get a friuty taste from the dram.
MrTattieHeid wrote:Frodo wrote:The thing is I tried Alberta Premium - both the NAS and the 25yr old - and found them to be too harsh. I should say that I am mystified at the popularity of this distillery on these boards as I had to get through varnish and nail polish remover to get a friuty taste from the dram.
Forty Creek and Glen Breton ought not to be lumped into the category of Canadian whisky...Forty Creek looks to American whiskeys...
MrTattieHeid wrote:Well. slap my face. It's the use of multiple grains, although they blend them after maturation rather than mashing them all together, and mostly new wood.
Rory B Bellows wrote:Gibson's Rare, a 18-year-old Canadian whisky is the best one I've tried: I would drink straight like a scotch.
hilliamash wrote:I have to admit that the romance of the Crown Royal XR is alluring to me, but at $150/fifth, I haven't yet indulged. The reviews on it have seemed to be a bit lacking for this whisky for the price.
Anyone have any experience with it?
hilliamash wrote:Good point on the Crown Royal SR, Frodo. I agree...it's a lovely whisky, but for the price...