2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Canadian Whiskies

We were surprised last year when we only got a few bottles that qualified for this category, (and even some of those could have been put in multiple), and then this year we were overwhelmed with the sheer number of entrants! We split this category randomly into two sessions, took our top 3 from each group of 8 and then put those head to head … Continue reading 2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Canadian Whiskies

2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Single Malts

Our inaugural tasting’s single malt category was a highlight, and as primarily Scotch drinkers, we’re always excited to see the progress Canada is making in this category. We have a few repeats and a few new entrants in the category this year and were very excited to see how they stacked up. As always, these were tasted blind and are presented in the order in … Continue reading 2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Single Malts

2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Ryes

Last year we didn’t receive any true rye-based whiskies, and so we were excited to get a bunch of them this year enabling us to create this category for 2018! Some are bottles that have long been commercially available while others are new releases or barrel samples, but it was great to see many distilleries producing the essence of what defines Canadian whisky. Here are the ryes … Continue reading 2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Ryes

2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Under-aged Whiskies

Last year, one of the highlights of the Great Canadian Whisky Tasting was the opportunity to try some under-aged spirits from Canadian distilleries across the country. We decided to continue this category so our followers could follow the progress of young distilleries as their barrels age! The bottles are listed in the order we tasted them. We tasted them all blind, and our notes and … Continue reading 2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Under-aged Whiskies

2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting – Intro

A year ago, the Toronto Whisky Society founders decided to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday with an event dedicated to Canadian whisky from across the country and various categories. The feedback we got on it from distilleries and readers was so positive that we decided to make it an annual event! For 2018, we made a couple of improvements, based on the feedback we got: We expanded the number … Continue reading 2018 Great Canadian Whisky Tasting – Intro

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 4: Cask Strength Canadian Whiskies & Wrap-up

This is the fourth and final category in our Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Cask Strength Canadian Whiskies. In our previous three parts, we covered 1. under aged & non-whiskies; 2. Canadian Single Malts; and 3. Canadian Whiskies. There were only two bottles in this category, and you’ll find the notes and rankings below, along with a wrap-up of the series. Black Fox Spirits Wheat Spirit Cask … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 4: Cask Strength Canadian Whiskies & Wrap-up

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 3: Canadian Whiskies

In this, the third part of our Great Canadian Whisky Tasting, we look at some whiskies that fall within the more classical Canadian Whisky category. In Part 1, we looked at some under-aged spirits and non-whiskies, and in Part 2 we evaluated some Canadian Single Malts. Here are the bottles, descriptions, tasting notes and rankings of the five Canadian Whiskies we evaluated: Last Mountain 100% … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 3: Canadian Whiskies