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

Shelter Point Artisanal Single Malt & Shelter Point Cask Strength

I’d like to thank Shelter Point for sending these bottles to the Toronto Whisky Society. Shelter Point Distiller is located on Vancouver Island. They pride themselves on being an artisanal distillery, and push for the idea of quality over quantity. They source locally, being one of only a handful of distilleries that grow their own barley and distill on the same site. The only thing that isn’t sourced… Continue reading Shelter Point Artisanal Single Malt & Shelter Point Cask Strength

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 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