For those who drink whiskey, it's the whiskey that comes from a distillery that has a reputation for creating something that is truly unique. Why some people merely enjoy drinking whiskey, others practically make it a religious experience. It's also interesting to note how people in different countries view whiskey, among other things. For example, Canadian whiskey is different from that found in other countries, especially America. The distilleries that operate in Canada are more involved with determining the final outcome as far as taste is concerned. Unlike American distilleries that mix everything together in what many people considered to be a type of premix, Canadian distilleries take each ingredient and do as they please with it. This often results in a finished product that tastes much different, and more often than not, superior.
Below is a list of five of the best brands of Canadian whiskey that a person can buy right now. You might have to travel to Canada in order to get some of them, but there are a few of them that are available in the United States. Chances are, once you've tasted Canadian whiskey, you'll actually believe it it's worth traveling to Canada in order to get more.
1. Lot. No. 40
If you like whiskey that is spicy and packs a lot of punch, but finishes out smooth, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't try this one. This is one of the most prolific brands of whiskey in Canada and it's well-known for being somewhat spicier and more robust than most brands, yet it manages to do so without giving up its smoothness. That's why it ended up in the top spot on this list, and it's why it continues to sell in near record numbers throughout the country.
2. Alberta Rye Dark Batch
This particular brand comes from one of the most well-respected distilleries in the entire country. It really does pack a wallop, and is composed of 91 percent pure whiskey, 8 percent bourbon and 1 percent sherry. As you can see, this is not a whiskey that is for the faint of heart. When you drink it, it tastes just a little fruity and it's both spicy and sweet, all at the same time. This makes it one of the most unique brands of whiskey that you can get your hands on.
3. Lock, Stock and Barrel 13 Year Old Rye
This one is also slightly sweet but it also incorporates a nutty flavor as well. All in all, it's one of the more full flavored whiskeys on this list. For people that really do appreciate their liquor, this one is extremely robust, so it's more popular with individuals that consider themselves true whiskey aficionados.
4. Crown Royal Single Barrel Whiskey
Crown Royal has had an outstanding reputation for decades. It's one of the few Canadian whiskeys that is commonly sold in other countries such as the United States. This particular brand is only sold within the state of Texas, so unless you plan on traveling there or to Canada in order to get it, you'll have to wait and hope that it becomes for sale in a more widespread manner sometime in the near future. It's also worth mentioning that this product is 103-proof, so a little goes a long way, indeed.
In some cases, Canadian whiskey mostly focuses on rye but in this particular case, corn, wheat, rye and barley are all used together, with the intention of all of those flavors balancing each other out. The end result is a whiskey that isn't quite as robust as most of the other brands that show up on this list. It has a lighter flavor, something that certain whiskey drinkers find very appealing. When it really comes down to it, it's all about your personal preferences and whether you prefer a lighter version like this or the more robust versions that appear at the top of the list.
Whatever your choice of whiskey might be, there's something on this list for almost everyone. If there is ever a point in your life where you enjoy drinking whiskey, you're bound to be satisfied with at least one or two of these products. They are among some of the best whiskey products ever produced, not only in Canada, but throughout the entire world.
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