Canadian whisky is everywhere, though you might not know it. Masterfully crafted whiskey brands like New York’s Cooper Spirits, Sonoma County’s 35 Maple Street, and even the much lauded Whistlepig often source stock from whisky made in Canada — most often the famed Alberta Distillery. So, the chances of you drinking Canadian whisky, loving it, and not knowing it’s Canadian is pretty high. What’s more, Canadian whisky is more than just an appellation — or geographical designation. Canadian whiskies are made differently and deserve as much respect as any other varietal on the market.
On the morning of Canada’s 150th birthday, let’s dive into to what makes Canadian whisky so special and explore some great gateway bottles to stock your bar with this year. Cheers!