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Issue 82 - Heading out east

Whisky Magazine Issue 82
September 2009

 

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Heading out east

It doesn't shout about it loudly but Canada has some great whiskies and some great distilleries to visit. It's just a matter of finding them and making the effort to get to them.

In whisky terms Canada's problem is that it's just too vast. Even taking just one area, the East, the distance between distilleries is immense, and there's no equivalent to Kentucky, Islay or Speyside to bite into.

But over in the east there are distilleries that are well worth a visit, so the trick is to incorporate them into a Canadian holiday and tick them off over a period of time.

The following refers to distilleries that can be visited and excludes Valleyfield near Quebec, which is also known as the Old Schenley Distillery. Whiskies produced here include Schenley OFC (Old Fine Canadian), which is sold domestically as an eight-year-old whisky, Schenley Golden Wedding, one of the country's best-selling whiskies, and the Gibson range of whiskies.

CANADIAN CLUB The distillery: Canadian Club is arguably Canada's most famous whisky and the standard version of it defines what we normally mean when we talk of Canadianstyle whisky. But there are other expressions produced under the brand's name, too, including the 10 Years Old Canadian Club Reserve, a 12 Years Old Canadian Club Classic and an eight year old finished in sherry cask.

Traditionally produced by Hiram Walker in Walkerville, Ontario, Canadian Club moved to Beam Global when most of Hiram Walker joined the Pernod Ricard stable. As a result if you want to find out more about the Canadian Club story you need to visit the Canadian Club Heritage Center in Walkerville. It offers three tours a day from May to December,wit...

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