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Issue 120 - Out of the shadows

Whisky Magazine Issue 120
June 2014


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Out of the shadows

Our man picks his top five Canadian whiskies knocking at the door

Not long ago Canadian whisky's reputation was knocking on death's door. There was no light at the end of the tunnel, just passed relatives waiting on the other side. Yes, the whisky sold by the truckload but no one was paying attention except for shareholders getting fat on profits. Thankfully, Canadian whisky didn't walk into that black night but back into the darkness of the barrel where distillers rejuvenated the reputation of Canada's national spirit with premium expressions. Canadian whisky got with the program and for whisky lovers, the payoffs are huge. Sales of premium and deluxe Canadian whiskies are booming; the Hiram Walker distillery is expanding; the Canadian Club brand centre draws record crowds; and John Hall is bringing his celebrated whiskies to the international stage with the sale of Forty Creek to Campari.

The other day someone asked, if I were on a deserted island and could only bring one book, what would it be? I said, how about one called How to Build a Boat? However, this got me thinking. What if I were stranded what five Canadian whiskies would make me want to extinguish the signal fires, hide from passing ships, bury the beach pebble S. O. S. and smash the Gilligan's Island radio I built using coconut shells. Extra efforts taken just so I could spend quality time, toes in the sand enjoying the sunset and these five drams.

Best age stated
Pike Creek 10 Years Old

Originally released in the late 1990s as part of the Canadian Whisky Guild, Pi...

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