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

Sivó L’essence du rye & L’essence du Single Malt

I’d like to thank Maison Sivó for sending these bottles to the Toronto Whisky Society. Merci Beacoup. Originally the Sivó family started in Hungary making fruit brandies. They were well received by many people in Hungary. Jump ahead to today, and we’re in Quebec, which is like Hungary except French is a lot easier to learn and the country is younger. Oh, and all those other things that… Continue reading Sivó L’essence du rye & L’essence du Single Malt

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 2: Canadian Single Malts

In the first annual Great Canadian Whisky Tasting, we evaluated four categories of Canadian whiskies and spirits. In Part 1, we looked at under-aged spirits and non-whiskies. In Part 2, we’re evaluating four Canadian Single Malts. Maison Sivó L’Essence du Single Malt – Franklin, QC This bottle from Sivó is an in-progress single malt made from Quebec malted barley, which undergoes a 4 day fermentation … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 2: Canadian Single Malts

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 1: Non-Whiskies & Whiskies in Progress

As mentioned in the intro to the Great Canadian Whisky Tasting, TWS wanted to give new distilleries and those with under-aged spirits a chance to participate in a group evaluation, as they don’t typically participate in whisky awards. We received bottles from a number of young distilleries, and you’ll find the descriptions, collective notes and rankings of those bottles below. Park Distillery Glacier Rye – … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 1: Non-Whiskies & Whiskies in Progress